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Public Bill Committee: 25 January 2011                  

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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

151

 

Clause  42,  page  28,  line  19,  at end insert ‘and the London Assembly police and

 

crime panel’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

156

 

Clause  42,  page  28,  line  19,  at end insert ‘and shall have regard to subsections (5),

 

(6) and (7).’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

157

 

Clause  42,  page  28,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

No person shall be appointed as Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

 

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)    

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.

 

(6)    

No person shall be appointed as the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

 

unless he has passed the Senior National Assessment Centre and completed the

 

Strategic Command Course.

 

(7)    

Subject to this section an appointment to the rank of Commissioner of Police for

 

the Metropolis shall be for a fixed term of five years.’.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

152

 

Clause  43,  page  28,  line  35,  at end insert ‘; and

 

(c)    

any representations made by the London Assembly police and crime

 

panel’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 January 2011                  

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Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

153

 

Clause  45,  page  29,  line  14,  after ‘Crime’, insert ‘and the London Assembly police

 

and crime panel’.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

154

 

Clause  46,  page  29,  line  27,  after ‘Crime’, insert ‘and the London Assembly police

 

and crime panel’.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

155

 

Clause  47,  page  29,  line  34,  after ‘Crime’, insert ‘and the London Assembly police

 

and crime panel’.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

158

 

Clause  48,  page  29,  line  38,  after ‘of’, insert ‘the London Assembly police and

 

crime panel and’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

493

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  2,  leave out subsection (1)(b).

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

160

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  3,  at end insert ‘if an investigation into an allegation of


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 January 2011                  

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misconduct or gross misconduct by the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis is

 

being undertaken and, in light of the investigation, the maintenance of public confidence

 

in the Metropolitan police force requires the suspension.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

159

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  4,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

161

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime must only suspend the Commissioner

 

of Police for the Metropolis from duty under this section when the following

 

conditions (“the suspension conditions”) are satisfied: an allegation comes to the

 

attention of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime which indicates that the

 

conduct of the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis may amount to

 

misconduct or gross misconduct;

 

(a)    

an investigation is ongoing;

 

(b)    

it appears to the appropriate authority that either—

 

(i)    

the effective investigation of the case may be prejudiced unless

 

the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis 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.

 

(2B)    

In determining whether the suspension conditions in subsection (2A) are

 

satisfied, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime must consult Her Majesty’s

 

Inspector of Constabulary.

 

(2C)    

 

(a)    

If the suspension conditions in sub-section (2A) are satisfied, the

 

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime may suspend the Commissioner

 

of Police of the Metropolis from duty under section 48.

 

(b)    

The Commissioner’s suspension from duty under section 48 will have

 

effect from the date and time of notification.

 

(c)    

Notification under paragraph (a) shall be given either—

 

(i)    

in writing with a summary of the reasons; or

 

(ii)    

orally, in which case the Mayor’s Office shall confirm the

 

suspension in writing with a summary of the reasons before the

 

end of three working days beginning with the first working day

 

after the suspension.

 

(d)    

If the Mayor’s Office suspends the Commissioner from duty under

 

section 48, the Mayor’s Office must notify the London Assembly as soon

 

as reasonably practicable and before the end of the second working day

 

after the suspension.

 

(e)    

Notification under paragraph (d) must include written notification that

 

the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis has been suspended;

 

(i)    

a copy of the reasons given to the Commissioner in accordance

 

with paragraph (c).


 
 

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(2D)    

The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis once suspended under this section

 

may make representation against his suspension to the London Assembly 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.

 

(2E)    

The London Assembly shall review the suspension conditions and whether or not

 

an investigation into misconduct or gross misconduct is underway—

 

(a)    

on receipt of any representations under subsection (2D);

 

(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 subsection (2D) or otherwise); or

 

(ii)    

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

 

previous review.

 

(2F)    

Where a review takes place under subsection (2E) a recommendation by the

 

London Assembly must be given to the Secretary of State regarding whether the

 

suspension conditions remain satisfied and whether the panel reasonably believes

 

that suspension should continue.

 

(2G)    

With regard to a recommendation under subsection (2F) the panel shall before the

 

end of three working days—

 

(a)    

notify the Secretary of State in writing with a summary of reasons;

 

(b)    

notify the Commissioner in writing with a summary of reasons; and

 

(c)    

notify the Mayor’s Office in writing with a summary of reasons.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

162

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  8,  after ‘of’, insert ‘the London Assembly police and crime

 

panel and the’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

494

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  11,  leave out subsection (3)(b).

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

163

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  12,  at end insert ‘on grounds of misconduct or gross

 

misconduct’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 January 2011                  

204

 

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

165

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  15,  leave out subsection (5) and insert—

 

‘(5)    

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime must comply with this section before

 

calling on the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis to resign.

 

(5A)    

 

(a)    

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime must not call upon the

 

Commissioner to retire or resign until the end of the scrutiny process has

 

been reached.

 

(b)    

The end of the scrutiny process is reached when the first of the following

 

event occurs—

 

(i)    

a period of six weeks has ended without the London Assembly

 

police and crime panel having given the Mayor’s Office any

 

recommendation as to whether or not the Commissioner should

 

call for the retirement or resignation;

 

(ii)    

the Mayor’s Office notifies the London Assembly of its decision

 

under this Part of his decision to accept the London Assembly’s

 

recommendation in relation to the resignation or retirement.

 

(5B)    

The Mayor’s Office must give the Commissioner a written explanation of the

 

reasons why the Mayor’s Office is proposing to call for the retirement or

 

resignation.

 

(5C)    

Before calling upon the Commissioner to retire or resign the Mayor’s Office for

 

Police and Crime must—

 

(a)    

give the Commissioner a written explanation of the reasons why the

 

Mayor’s Office is proposing to call for the retirement of resignation;

 

(b)    

give the London Assembly police and crime panel written notification

 

that the Mayor’s Office is proposing to call upon the Commissioner to

 

retire or resign and a copy of the reasons given to the Commissioner in

 

accordance with subsection (5C)(a);

 

(c)    

give the Commissioner the opportunity to make representations,

 

including representations in writing and in person, about the proposal to

 

call for the Commissioner’s resignation or retirement;

 

(d)    

consider any representations, including representations in writing and in

 

person, made by the Commissioner in accordance with subsection (c) and

 

give the London Assembly a copy of any such representations made by

 

the Commissioner, as soon as practicable after the Commissioner is

 

given them.

 

(5D)    

 

(a)    

The Mayor’s Office must comply with this subsection if, after complying

 

with subsection (5C), the Mayor’s Office is still proposing to call upon

 

the Commissioner to retire or resign under this section.

 

(b)    

the Mayor’s Office must notify—

 

(i)    

the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis; and

 

(ii)    

the London Assembly police and crime panel

 

    

that the Mayor’s Office is still proposing to call upon the Commissioner

 

to resign.

 

(5E)    

 

(a)    

This paragraph applies if a police and crime panel is given a notification

 

under subsection (5D).

 

(b)    

The panel must make a recommendation to the Mayor’s Office as to

 

whether or not it should call for the retirement or resignation.

 

(c)    

The recommendation must be given to the Mayor’s Office in writing

 

before the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day on which

 

the panel receives the notification under subsection (5D).


 
 

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(d)    

Before making the recommendation, the panel—

 

(i)    

must consult the chief inspector of the constabulary;

 

(ii)    

must consult the Independent Police Complaints Commission;

 

(iii)    

must hold a scrutiny hearing.

 

(e)    

The London Assembly police and crime panel must publish the

 

recommendation made under this section.

 

(f)    

It is for the panel to determine the manner in which the recommendation

 

is to be published in accordance with subsection (e).

 

(5F)    

For the purposes of this section a “scrutiny hearing” is a meeting of the London

 

Assembly police and crime panel, held in private, at which the Mayor’s Office

 

and Commissioner are required to appear in person for the purpose of answering

 

questions relating to the proposal to call upon the Commissioner to retire or

 

resign.

 

(5G)    

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 as they happen.

 

(5H)    

The Mayor’s Office must accept the London Assembly’s recommendation given

 

under this section.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

164

 

Clause  48,  page  30,  line  17,  leave out ‘reasons why’ and insert ‘grounds on which’.

 


 

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.’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

555

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  57,  page  35,  line  41,  at and add—


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 25 January 2011                  

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‘(6)    

A minimum turnout of 40 per cent. of the electorate in the force area is required

 

for a police and crime commissioner to be elected.’.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

262

 

Clause  62,  page  38,  line  25,  after ‘with’, insert ‘section 28(1E), or’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

456

 

Clause  62,  page  38,  line  35,  leave out ‘or varying’.

 


 

Mike Crockart

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

496

 

Clause  66,  page  42,  line  16,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the restriction on members of a Police Authority being elected as PCC

 

in the first round of elections.

 


 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

548

 

Clause  67,  page  43,  line  8,  leave out ‘of three months or longer’.

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Diana Johnson

 

Clive Efford

 

Mark Tami

 

549

 

Clause  67,  page  43,  line  14,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

Further to subsection (3)(c), the same restrictions apply to police commissioners

 

as apply to chief constables, as established by National Policing Improvement

 

Agency Circular NPIA 01/2010.

 


 

Police and Crime Panels may rule as to whether a person is disqualified from

 

being elected as, or from being, a police commissioner on the basis of past

 

convictions.’.


 
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