House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2010 - 11
Internet Publications
Other Bills before Parliament


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

366

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

231

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  33,  at end insert ‘but subject to the approval of the

 

Secretary of State, and to subsections (1A), (1B) and (1C) of this section.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

232

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

No person shall be appointed as a chief constable of a police force unless he holds

 

or has held the rank of—

 

(a)    

chief constable, deputy chief constable or assistant chief constable in a

 

police force maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996;

 

(b)    

commissioner, deputy commissioner, assistant commissioner or deputy

 

assistant commissioner in the metropolitan police force; or

 

(c)    

assistant commissioner in the City of London police force,

 

    

for a period of no less than three years.

 

(1B)    

No person shall be appointed as a chief constable of a police force unless he has

 

passed the Senior National Assessment Centre and completed the Strategic

 

Command Course.

 

(1C)    

Subject to this section an appointment to the rank of chief constable shall be for

 

a fixed term of five years.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

235

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  34,  after ‘commissioner’, insert ‘in consultation with the

 

Police and Crime Prevention Panel’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

267

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  34,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘panel’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

237

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  35,  after ‘constable’, insert ‘and assistant and deputy chief

 

constables’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

367

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

268

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  35,  after ‘area’, insert ‘if an investigation into an allegation

 

of misconduct or gross misconduct by a chief constable is being undertaken and, in light

 

of the investigation, the maintenance of public confidence in that force requires the

 

suspension.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

271

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  36,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘panel’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

273

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  36,  after ‘may’, insert ‘acting with the approval of the

 

Secretary of State’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

238

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  37,  after ‘constable’, insert ‘and assistant and deputy chief

 

constables’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

284

 

Clause  38,  page  25,  line  37,  after ‘retire’, insert ‘on grounds of gross misconduct’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

239

 

Clause  38,  page  26,  line  2,  after ‘constable’, insert ‘and assistant and deputy chief

 

constables’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

368

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

124

 

Schedule  8,  page  123,  line  7,  leave out paragraph 1.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

125

 

Schedule  8,  page  123,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘1         

A police and crime panel must comply with this Part of this Schedule in

 

appointing a chief constable under section 38.

 

2          

A police and crime panel must not appoint a constable to be chief constable

 

until the agreement of a 75 per cent. majority of the panel has been secured.

 

3    (1)  

A police and crime panel must hold an appointment hearing before appointing

 

a chief constable.

 

      (2)  

For the purposes of this Part an “appointment hearing”, is a meeting of the

 

panel, held in public, at which the candidate is requested to appear for the

 

purposes of answering questions in relation to the appointment.

 

      (3)  

References in this part to a person appearing at a meeting of the panel are

 

references to the person—

 

(a)    

attending the meeting in person, or

 

(b)    

not attending the meeting in person but participating in the

 

proceedings at the meeting by any means that enable the person to

 

hear, and be heard in, those proceedings at the happen.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

126

 

Schedule  8,  page  123,  line  10,  leave out paragraph 2.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

127

 

Schedule  8,  page  123,  line  29,  leave out paragraph 3.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

128

 

Schedule  8,  page  124,  line  2,  leave out paragraph 4.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

369

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

129

 

Schedule  8,  page  124,  line  28,  leave out paragraph 5.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

42

 

Schedule  8,  page  124,  line  38,  leave out ‘three-quarters’ and insert ‘two-thirds’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is intended to lower the threshold for the police and crime panel to exercise its veto over the

 

commissioner’s proposed candidate for chief constable to a majority of two-thirds (as against the

 

three-quarters requirement in the Bill.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

150

 

Schedule  8,  page  124,  line  38,  leave out ‘three quarters’ and insert ‘two thirds’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

130

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  1,  leave out paragraph 6.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

264

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  10,  leave out ‘appear’ and insert ‘attend the meeting in

 

person’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

265

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  12,  leave out sub-paragraph (3).

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

233

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

The appropriate authority must only appoint the candidate if the Secretary of

 

State approves the appointment.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

370

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

43

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  leave out line 30.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

266

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  30,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

If the police and crime commissioner rejects the panel’s recommendation as to

 

whether or not the candidate should be appointed, the commissioner must give the

 

panel a response to any such recommendation, including the reasons for his

 

decision to reject the recommendation.

 

(5)    

The police and crime commissioner must publish any response issued under

 

subsection (4).’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

131

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  33,  leave out ‘by paragraphs 3 to 8’ and insert

 

‘paragraphs 1 to 3’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

44

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

The regulations may not make provision for the appointment of a candidate

 

whose appointment has been vetoed by the police and crime panel.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

132

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(3)  

The regulations may confer functions on—

 

(a)    

police and crime panels,

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State, or

 

(c)    

any other persons.

 

      (4)  

That includes functions involving the exercise of discretion.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

133

 

Schedule  8,  page  125,  line  38,  leave out paragraph 10.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

371

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

45

 

Schedule  8,  page  126,  leave out lines 7 to 9.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

46

 

Schedule  8,  page  126,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

The Police and Crime Commissioner must notify the relevant police and crime

 

panel of the proposed terms and conditions of appointment of a chief

 

constable.

 

      (2)  

The commissioner may not apply to an appointment any term or condition

 

vetoed by the panel.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

134

 

Schedule  8,  page  126,  line  21,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘panel’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

269

 

Schedule  8,  page  126,  line  21,  leave out paragraph 11 and insert—

 

‘11(3)  

A police and crime panel must only suspend the relevant chief constable from

 

duty under section 38 when the following conditions “the suspension

 

conditions” are satisfied—

 

(a)    

an allegation comes to the attention of the police and crime panel

 

which indicates that the conduct of the chief constable may amount to

 

misconduct or gross misconduct;

 

(b)    

an investigation is ongoing; and

 

(c)    

it appears to the commissioner that either—

 

(i)    

the effective investigation of the case may be prejudiced

 

unless the chief constable concerned is so suspended; or

 

(ii)    

having regard to the nature of the allegation and any other

 

relevant considerations, the public interest requires that he

 

should be so suspended.

 

      (4)  

In determining whether the suspension conditions in sub-paragraph (1) are

 

satisfied, the police and crime panel must consult Her Majesty’s Inspector of

 

Constabulary.

 

11A(1)  

If the suspension conditions in accordance with paragraph 11 are satisfied, a

 

police and crime panel may suspend a relevant chief constable from duty under

 

section 38.

 

      (2)  

A chief constable’s suspension from duty under section 38 will have effect

 

from the date and time of notification.

 

      (3)  

Notification under sub-paragraph (1) shall be given either—

 

(a)    

in writing with a summary of the reasons; or

 

(b)    

orally, in which case the police and crime panel shall confirm the

 

suspension in writing with a summary of the reasons before the end of


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 1 February 2011                  

372

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

three working days beginning with the first working day after the

 

suspension.

 

11B(1)  

A chief constable suspended under section 38 may make representations

 

against his suspension to the relevant police and crime panel—

 

(a)    

before the end of seven working days beginning with the first working

 

day after his being suspended;

 

(b)    

at any time during the suspension if he reasonably believes that

 

circumstances relevant to the suspension conditions have changed.

 

      (2)  

The police and crime panel shall review the suspension—

 

(a)    

on receipt of any representations under paragraph (1)(a);

 

(b)    

if there has been no previous review, before the end of four weeks

 

beginning with the first working day after the suspension;

 

(c)    

in any other case—

 

(i)    

on being notified that circumstances relevant to the

 

suspension conditions may have changed (whether by means

 

of representations made under paragraph (1)(b) or otherwise);

 

or

 

(ii)    

before the end of four weeks beginning with the day after the

 

previous review.

 

      (3)  

Where a review takes place under sub-paragraph (2), if the police and crime

 

panel reasonably believes—

 

(a)    

the suspension conditions continue to be satisfied, and

 

(b)    

suspension should continue,

 

            

it shall, and before the end of three working days beginning with the day after

 

the review, inform the chief constable, in writing, with a summary of the

 

reasons.

 

      (4)  

Where a review takes place under sub-paragraph (2), if the police and crime

 

panel reasonably believes that the conditions in either sub-sub-paragraph

 

(3)(a) or sub-sub-paragraph (3)(b) are no longer met, it must, and before the

 

end of the three working days beginning with the day after the review, inform

 

the chief constable, in writing, that his suspension has been lifted with a

 

summary of the reasons.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

270

 

Schedule  8,  page  126,  line  21,  leave out paragraph 11 and insert—

 

‘11(1)  

A police and crime commissioner must only suspend the relevant chief

 

constable from duty under section 38 when the following conditions “the

 

suspension conditions” are satisfied—

 

(a)    

an allegation comes to the attention of the police and crime

 

commissioner which indicates that the conduct of the chief constable

 

may amount to misconduct or gross misconduct;

 

(b)    

an investigation is ongoing; and

 

(c)    

it appears to the commissioner that either—

 

(i)    

the effective investigation of the case may be prejudiced

 

unless the chief constable concerned is so suspended; or

 

(ii)    

having regard to the nature of the allegation and any other

 

relevant considerations, the public interest requires that he

 

should be so suspended.


 
previous section contents continue
 

© Parliamentary copyright
Revised 1 February 2011