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(b)    

the executive may refer the matter to the crime and disorder committee.

 

(6)    

The crime and disorder committee shall consider any local crime and disorder

 

matter—

 

(a)    

referred to it by a member of the local authority in question (whether

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under subsection (3)(b) or not), or

 

(b)    

referred to it under subsection (5),

 

    

and may make a report or recommendations to the local authority with respect to

 

it.

 

(7)    

Where the crime and disorder committee makes a report or recommendations

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under subsection (6) it shall provide a copy to such of the responsible authorities

 

and to such of the co-operating persons and bodies as it thinks appropriate.

 

(8)    

An authority, person or body to which a copy of a report or recommendations is

 

provided under subsection (2) or (7) shall—

 

(a)    

consider the report or recommendations;

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(b)    

respond to the crime and disorder committee indicating what (if any)

 

action it proposes to take;

 

(c)    

have regard to the report or recommendations in exercising its functions.

 

(9)    

In the case of a local authority operating executive arrangements—

 

(a)    

the crime and disorder committee is to be an overview and scrutiny

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committee of the authority (within the meaning of Part 2 of the Local

 

Government Act 2000 (c. 22));

 

(b)    

a reference in subsection (1)(b) or (6) to making a report or

 

recommendations to the local authority is to be read as a reference to

 

making a report or recommendations to the local authority or the

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executive.

 

(10)    

Schedule (Further provision about crime and disorder committees of certain

 

local authorities) (which makes further provision, corresponding to that made by

 

section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22), about the crime and

 

disorder committees of local authorities not operating executive arrangements)

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has effect.

 

(11)    

In this section—

 

“crime and disorder functions” means functions conferred by or under

 

section 6 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37) (formulation and

 

implementation of crime and disorder strategies);

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“executive arrangements” means executive arrangements under Part 2 of

 

the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22);

 

“local authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to England, a county council, a district council, a

 

London borough council, the Common Council of the City of

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London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

 

(b)    

in relation to Wales, a county council or a county borough

 

council;

 

“local crime and disorder matter”, in relation to a member of a local

 

authority, means a matter concerning—

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(c)    

crime and disorder (including in particular forms of crime and

 

disorder that involve anti-social behaviour or other behaviour

 

adversely affecting the local environment) in the area

 

represented by the member, or

 

(d)    

the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances in that area.’.

 

As Amendments to Hazel Blears’s proposed New Clause (Local authority scrutiny of

 

crime and disorder matters) (NC8):—


 
 

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Nick Herbert

 

Not called  (a)

 

Line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

the councillor may refer the matter to the responsible authority;’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

Not called  (b)

 

Line  24,  at beginning insert ‘if the matter is not resolved by the responsible

 

authority’.

 


 

Guidance and regulations regarding crime and disorder matters

 

Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may issue guidance to—

 

(a)    

local authorities in England,

 

(b)    

members of those authorities, and

 

(c)    

crime and disorder committees of those authorities,

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with regard to the exercise of their functions under section (Local authority

 

scrutiny of crime and disorder matters).

 

(2)    

The National Assembly for Wales, after consulting the Secretary of State, may

 

issue guidance to—

 

(a)    

local authorities in Wales,

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(b)    

members of those authorities, and

 

(c)    

crime and disorder committees of those authorities,

 

    

with regard to the exercise of their functions under section (Local authority

 

scrutiny of crime and disorder matters).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision supplementing that

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made by section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters) in

 

relation to local authorities in England.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State, after consulting the National Assembly for Wales, may by

 

regulations make provision supplementing that made by section (Local authority

 

scrutiny of crime and disorder matters) in relation to local authorities in Wales.

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(5)    

Regulations under subsection (3) or (4) may in particular make provision—

 

(a)    

as to the co-opting of additional members to serve on the crime and

 

disorder committee of a local authority;

 

(b)    

as to the frequency with which the power mentioned in section (Local

 

authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters)(1)(a) is to be exercised;

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(c)    

requiring information to be provided to the crime and disorder committee

 

by the responsible authorities and the co-operating persons and bodies;

 

(d)    

imposing restrictions on the provision of information to the crime and

 

disorder committee by the responsible authorities and the co-operating

 

persons and bodies;

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(e)    

requiring officers or employees of the responsible authorities and the co-

 

operating persons and bodies to attend before the crime and disorder

 

committee to answer questions;


 
 

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(f)    

specifying how a person is to refer a matter to a member of a local

 

authority, or to the executive of a local authority, under section (Local

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authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters)(3) or (4);

 

(g)    

specifying the periods within which—

 

(i)    

a member of a local authority is to deal with a request under

 

section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder

 

matters)(3);

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(ii)    

the executive of a local authority is to deal with a matter referred

 

under section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder

 

matters)(4);

 

(iii)    

the crime and disorder committee is to deal with a matter referred

 

as mentioned in section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and

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disorder matters)(6);

 

(iv)    

the responsible authorities and the co-operating persons and

 

bodies are to consider and respond to a report or

 

recommendations made under or by virtue of section (Local

 

authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters).

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(6)    

Regulations made by virtue of subsection (5)(a) may provide for a person co-

 

opted to serve as a member of a crime and disorder committee to have the same

 

entitlement to vote as any other member.

 

(7)    

In this section “local authority”, “crime and disorder committee”, “responsible

 

authorities” and “co-operating persons and bodies” have the same meaning as in

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section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters).’.

 

As an Amendment to Hazel Blears’s proposed New Clause (Guidance and regulations

 

regarding crime and disorder matters) (NC9):—

 

James Brokenshire

 

Not called  (a)

 

Line  37,  leave out sub-paragraph (i).

 


 

Joint crime and disorder committees

 

Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 5 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37) (authorities responsible

 

for crime and disorder strategies), after subsection (1B) there is inserted—

 

“(1C)    

An order under subsection (1A) above—

 

(a)    

may require the councils for the local government areas in

 

question to appoint a joint committee of those councils (the

 

“joint crime and disorder committee”) and to arrange for crime

 

and disorder scrutiny functions in relation to any (or all) of those

 

councils to be exercisable by that committee;

 

(b)    

may make provision applying any of the relevant provisions,

 

with or without modifications, in relation to a joint crime and

 

disorder committee.


 
 

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(1D)    

In subsection (1C)—

 

“crime and disorder scrutiny functions”, in relation to a council, means

 

functions that are, or, but for an order under subsection (1A) above,

 

would be, exercisable by the crime and disorder committee of the council

 

under section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters) of

 

the Police and Justice Act 2006 (local authority scrutiny of crime and

 

disorder matters);

 

“the relevant provisions” means—

 

(a)    

section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters)

 

of the Police and Justice Act 2006;

 

(b)    

section (Guidance and regulations regarding crime and disorder

 

matters) of that Act and any regulations made under that section;

 

(c)    

Schedule (Further provision about crime and disorder

 

committees of certain local authorities) to that Act;

 

(d)    

section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000.”’.

 


 

Children subject to ASBO proceedings: reporting restrictions

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Martin Horwood

 

Withdrawn  nc1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Sections 1(10D), 1(10E) and 1C(9C) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37)

 

are repealed.’.

 


 

New Schedule relating to Part 3

 

Hazel Blears

 

Added  ns1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Further provision about crime and disorder committees of certain local

 

authorities

 

Introductory

 

1    (1)  

This Schedule applies in relation to a local authority that is not operating

 

executive arrangements under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000

 

(c. 22).

 

      (2)  

In this Schedule “local authority” and “crime and disorder committee” have

 

the same meaning as in section (Local authority scrutiny of crime and disorder

 

matters).


 
 

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Functions of crime and disorder committees

 

2    (1)  

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority may not discharge any

 

functions other than its functions under section (Local authority scrutiny of

 

crime and disorder matters) or this Schedule.

 

      (2)  

In the case of a committee of a local authority that discharges functions other

 

than those mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), the reference in that sub-paragraph

 

to the crime and disorder committee is a reference to that committee in its

 

capacity as crime and disorder committee.

 

Appointment of sub-committees

 

3    (1)  

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority—

 

(a)    

may appoint one or more sub-committees, and

 

(b)    

may arrange for the discharge of any of its functions by any such sub-

 

committee.

 

      (2)  

A sub-committee of the crime and disorder committee may not discharge any

 

functions other than those conferred on it under sub-paragraph (1)(b).

 

Meetings etc

 

4          

A local authority shall make arrangements—

 

(a)    

for enabling a member of the crime and disorder committee of the

 

authority to ensure that a matter that is relevant to the functions of the

 

committee is included in the agenda for, and is discussed at, a meeting

 

of the committee, and

 

(b)    

for enabling a member of a sub-committee of such a committee to

 

ensure that a matter that is relevant to the functions of the sub-

 

committee is included in the agenda for, and is discussed at, a meeting

 

of the sub-committee.

 

5          

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority, or a sub-committee of

 

such a committee, may include persons who are not members of the authority,

 

but (subject to section (Guidance and regulations regarding crime and

 

disorder matters)(6)) such persons are not entitled to vote, at a meeting of such

 

a committee or sub-committee, on any question that falls to be decided at that

 

meeting.

 

Power to compel attendance etc

 

6    (1)  

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority or a sub-committee of

 

such a committee—

 

(a)    

may require members or officers of the authority to attend before it to

 

answer questions;

 

(b)    

may invite other persons to attend meetings of the committee.

 

      (2)  

A member or officer of a local authority shall comply with any requirement

 

made under sub-paragraph (1)(a).

 

      (3)  

A person is not obliged by sub-paragraph (2) to answer any question that he

 

would be entitled to refuse to answer in or for the purposes of proceedings in

 

a court in England and Wales.

 

Miscellaneous and supplemental

 

7          

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority, or a sub-committee of

 

such a committee, is to be treated as a committee or sub-committee of a

 

principal council for the purposes of Part 5A of the Local Government Act


 
 

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1972 (c. 70) (access to meetings and documents of certain authorities,

 

committees and sub-committees).

 

8    (1)  

The crime and disorder committee of a local authority, or a sub-committee of

 

such a committee, is to be treated as a body to which section 15 of the Local

 

Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42) (duty to allocate seats to political

 

groups) applies.

 

      (2)  

Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to the crime and disorder committee of the

 

Common Council of the City of London (or to a sub-committee of that

 

committee).

 

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Subsections (2) and (5) of section 102 of the Local Government Act 1972

 

(c. 70) (appointment of committees) apply to the crime and disorder committee

 

of a local authority, or a sub-committee of such a committee, as they apply to

 

a committee appointed under that section.’.

 


 

Nick Herbert

 

Negatived on division  142

 

Clause  21,  page  22,  line  13,  at end insert ‘and’.

 

[Adjourned till Tuesday next at 10.30 a.m.


 
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