ALDERSHOT MP Gerald Howarth has slammed the Government for apparently doing nothing to cut bureaucracy in the police service.

He hit out after receiving a complaint from one of the town's police officers about the amount of paperwork required to bring a case to court.

In the letter the un-named officer accused Home Secretary David Blunkett of failing to appreciate the complexities of criminal investigation.

"I compile files for some of the most serious and complex cases that occur in Hampshire," said the officer.

"I can assure you that the police receive little co-operation from other Government agencies, telephone companies and banking institutes with the investigation of crime."

Many are confused and frightened by the European convention on human rights, such as article eight, the letter-writer continued.

"They are no longer willing to make inquiries on behalf of the police even with a written report explaining the full justification for doing so," he said.

"The amount of reports covering data protection and human rights issues that I have to write on a weekly basis are one of the major reasons that our investigations take so long to complete."

Mr Howarth read out the letter during a parliamentary debate on the Government's police reform bill.

He said the bill did little, if anything, to address the concerns of police officers about the amount of time that it takes to bring cases to court.

"What police officers want is a reduction in bureaucracy, but there is very little sign of that in the bill," he said.