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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Tuesday 18 January 2011

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Committee 13-14

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

 

Referendum on establishment of police and crime commissioner

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘A referendum shall be held in each police area listed in Schedule 1 to the Police

 

Act 1996 (Police areas outside london) on the establishment of a police and crime

 

commissioner for that police area in which the referendum was held.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

7

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  after ‘London)’, insert ‘, subject to the referendum result

 

in each police area as in accordance with section 1 of this Act.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

8

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  32,  leave out from first ‘police’ to end of line 33 and insert

 

‘authority for a police area, as established under section 3 of the Police Act 1996, is

 

abolished upon the election of a police and crime commissioner to that police area.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

9

 

Clause  28,  page  20,  line  9,  at beginning insert ‘Upon the election of a police and

 

crime commissioner.’.


 
 

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Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

10

 

Clause  50,  page  31,  line  20,  after ‘election”)’, insert ‘, subject to the referendum

 

result in each police area as in accordance with section 1 of this Act.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

11

 

Clause  62,  page  38,  line  19,  at beginning insert—

 

‘(A1)    

Subsection (1) applies subject to the referendum result in each police area as in

 

accordance with section 1 of this Act.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

12

 

Clause  96,  page  61,  line  38,  after ‘Schedule 1);’, insert—

 

‘(aa)    

the existing police authority.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

13

 

Clause  96,  page  62,  leave out line 16.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

14

 

Clause  97,  page  62,  leave out line 39.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

15

 

Schedule  10,  page  131,  line  8,  leave out from ‘(1)(a)’ to end of line 10.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

16

 

Schedule  11,  page  136,  line  18,  after ‘commissioner’, insert—

 

‘(aa)    

if the area (or any part of it) falls within the police area of an existing

 

police authority.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Referendum on establishment of police and crime commissioner

 

    (1)  

A referendum on the establishment of a police and crime commissioner shall

 

be held in each police area listed in Schedule 1 to the Police Act 1996 (Police

 

areas outside London) in 2012—

 

(a)    

in England, on the day which is the ordinary day of election in that

 

year of councillors for counties in England and districts (see sections

 

37 and 37A of the Representation of the People Act 1983), and


 
 

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(b)    

in Wales, on the day which is the ordinary day of election in that year

 

of councillors for counties in Wales and county boroughs (see sections

 

37 and 37B of that Act).

 

      (2)  

Within six months of Royal Assent the Secretary of State must lay before

 

Parliament an order containing the proposition to be voted on in the

 

referendums.

 

      (3)  

Before making the order the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

all local authorities within England and Wales, excluding the

 

Metropolis,

 

(b)    

such persons as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the views

 

of chief officers of police,

 

(c)    

such other persons as the Secretary of State sees fit.

 

      (4)  

Those entitled to vote in the referendums shall be the persons who, on the date

 

of the referendums would be entitled to vote as electors at a local government

 

election in any electoral area in England and Wales, excluding the Metropolis.

 

But an alteration in a register of electors under section 11(1) or (2) or 57 of the

 

Representation of the People Act 1983 (Correction of registers and registration

 

appeals) shall not have effect for the purposes of the referendum unless it is

 

made before the start of the period of 11 days ending with the date of the

 

referendum.

 

      (5)  

The Secretary of State shall appoint a Chief Counting Officer for each police

 

area.

 

      (6)  

Each chief counting officer shall—

 

(a)    

conduct the counting of votes cast in the area for which he is

 

appointed, and

 

(b)    

certify, for each of the two forms of ballot paper, the number of ballot

 

papers counted by him and the number of votes cast for each

 

proposition.

 

      (7)  

The Chief Counting Officer shall certify, for each of the two forms of ballot

 

paper, the total of—

 

(a)    

the ballot papers counted, and

 

(b)    

the votes cast for each proposition, for the whole of their police area.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

17

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  19,  after ‘constable’, insert ‘and relevant police and crime

 

panel.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

18

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  25,  leave out subsection (6)(f).

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

19

 

Clause  7,  page  8,  line  13,  at end insert ‘but not how they are to be dealt with’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

20

 

Clause  7,  page  8,  line  21,  after ‘police’, insert—


 
 

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‘(ca)    

police and crime panels,’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

21

 

Clause  11,  page  10,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

Before determining what information is necessary the body shall consult and have

 

regard to the views of the relevant police and crime panel.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

22

 

Clause  28,  page  20,  line  15,  after ‘make’, insert ‘and publish’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

23

 

Clause  28,  page  20,  line  29,  leave out ‘or’ and insert ‘and’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

24

 

Clause  29,  page  21,  line  16,  leave out ‘and’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

25

 

Clause  29,  page  21,  line  16,  after ‘staff’, insert ‘and the relevant chief constable’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is intended to give the police and crime panels the power to require chief

 

constables to attend the panel to answer questions that relate to the commissioner’s decisions and

 

priorities. Under the Bill, the panels can require the commissioner and his staff to attend panel

 

meetings but not the chief constable.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

26

 

Clause  29,  page  21,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

A police and crime panel may require officers above the rank of Chief

 

Superintendent from the relevant police force to attend before the panel or to

 

respond in writing to answer any question which appears to the panel to be

 

necessary in order to carry out its functions.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would give the police and crime panels the power to require chief constables to

 

attend the panel to answer questions that relate to the commissioner’s decisions and priorities.

 

Under the Bill the panels can require the commissioner and his staff to attend panel meetings, but

 

not the chief constable.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

27

 

Clause  30,  page  21,  line  33,  leave out ‘two years’ and insert ‘six months’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the police and crime panels to suspend the commissioner if they have


 
 

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been charged with an offence in the UK which carries a maximum term of imprisonment exceeding

 

six months rather than two years. A range of criminal offences such as aggravated vehicle taking

 

currently carry a sentence that does not exceed two years.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

28

 

Clause  33,  page  24,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(da)    

officers above the rank of Chief Superintendent from the Metropolitan

 

Police Service.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

As the Bill stands, the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Panel has only the power to ‘summon’

 

the PCC and not senior police officers. This amendment would enable the Police and Crime Panel

 

to require the attendance of ACPO rank police officers in order to more effectively carry out its

 

work.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

29

 

Clause  34,  page  24,  line  32,  after ‘police’, insert ‘in consultation with the relevant

 

police and crime panel.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

30

 

Clause  34,  page  24,  line  35,  after ‘police’, insert ‘in consultation with the relevant

 

police and crime panel.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

31

 

Clause  34,  page  25,  line  1,  after ‘police’, insert ‘in consultation with the relevant

 

police and crime panel.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

32

 

Clause  57,  page  35,  line  36,  leave out from second ‘the’ to end of line 39 and insert

 

‘alternative vote system.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

33

 

Clause  57,  page  35,  line  40,  leave out subsection (5) and insert—

 

‘(5)    

Schedule [Alternative Vote System] has effect.’.


 
 

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Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

NS2

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Alternative Vote System

 

1          

This Schedule applies to an election under Chapter 6 of Part 1 of a police and

 

crime commissioner for a police area at which there are three or more

 

candidates.

 

How votes are to be given

 

2    (1)  

A voter votes by marking the ballot paper with—

 

(a)    

the number 1 opposite the name of the candidate who is the voter’s

 

first preference (or, as the case may be, the only candidate for whom

 

the voter wishes to vote),

 

(b)    

if the voter wishes, the number 2 opposite the name of the candidate

 

who is the voter’s second preference, and so on.

 

      (2)  

The voter may mark as many preferences (up to the number of candidates) as

 

the voter wishes.

 

How votes are to be counted

 

3    (1)  

This rule sets out how votes are to be counted, in one or more stages of

 

counting, in order to give effect to the preferences marked by voters on their

 

ballot papers and so to determine which candidate is elected.

 

      (2)  

Votes shall be allocated to candidates in accordance with voters’ first

 

preferences and, if one candidate has more votes than the other candidates put

 

together, that candidate is elected.

 

      (3)  

If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and that candidate’s

 

votes shall be dealt with as follows—

 

(a)    

each vote cast by a voter who also ranked one or more of the remaining

 

candidates shall be reallocated to that remaining candidate or (as the

 

case may be) to the one that the voter ranked highest;

 

(b)    

any votes not reallocated shall play no further part in the counting.

 

      (4)  

If, after that stage of counting, one candidate has more votes than the other

 

remaining candidates put together, that candidate is elected.

 

      (5)  

If not, the process mentioned in paragraph (3) above shall be repeated as many

 

times as necessary until one candidate has more votes than the other remaining

 

candidates put together, and so is elected.

 

Information to be given by returning officer after each stage of counting

 

4    (1)  

If no candidate is elected (as mentioned in rule 2(2)) at the first stage of

 

counting, the returning officer shall, immediately after that stage, record and

 

make publicly available the following information—

 

(a)    

the number of first-preference votes obtained by each candidate;

 

(b)    

which candidate was eliminated;

 

(c)    

the number of rejected ballot papers.

 

      (2)  

Immediately after each subsequent stage of counting, except the final stage (on

 

completion of which the requirements in rule 2(5) apply), the returning officer

 

shall record and make publicly available the following information—

 

(a)    

the number of votes obtained by each candidate at that stage (including

 

any reallocated in accordance with rule 1);


 
 

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(b)    

which candidate was eliminated at that stage;

 

(c)    

the number of votes of the candidate eliminated at the previous stage

 

that were not reallocated.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Schedule sets out the proposed change to the voting system for the election of a

 

Commissioner.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

34

 

Clause  79,  page  49,  line  9,  after ‘bodies’, insert—

 

‘(iia)    

such persons as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the views of

 

police and crime panels.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

35

 

Page  60,  line  25,  leave out Clause 94.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

36

 

Schedule  2,  page  105,  line  25,  at end insert ‘for the purposes of employing staff’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

37

 

Schedule  2,  page  106,  line  29,  at end insert ‘subject to a scheme of delegation

 

agreed by the relevant police and crime commissioner’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

38

 

Schedule  3,  page  109,  line  15,  after ‘Crime’, insert ‘and any person appointed by

 

the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to give advice.’.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

39

 

Schedule  3,  page  109,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(3A)  

These appointments should be subject to confirmation hearing under section

 

60(a) of the Great London Authority Act 1999’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

It is widely understood that there may be an intention to create an advisory board to the Mayor for

 

Policing and Crime. These amendments seek to ensure that any such appointments are only made

 

within the parameters of section 60(a) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

40

 

Schedule  5,  page  113,  line  8,  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 precept to a majority of two-thirds (as against the three-quarters


 
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