Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Nineteenth Report

S.I. 2003/830: second memorandum from the Home Office

101.  The Committee has requested a memorandum on the following point:

Elaborate on the explanation given in the Department's memorandum of 24 March 2003 that the delay in laying this Order before Parliament was due to an administrative error.

102.  At the time of signing the Order the Minister raised a number of questions concerning the relationship between policing objectives set under section 37 of the Police Act 1996 and those contained in the National Policing Plan made under section 36A of the Police Act 1996 (inserted by section 1 of the Police Reform Act 2002).

103.  Advice was provided to the Minister and the Order was made. Unfortunately there was then a delay before the Minister's private office passed the made Order to the officials responsible for laying statutory instruments. It was then promptly laid. The Minister's private secretary apologies for this delay.

104.  The procedures for checking that an instrument that has been sent for signature has indeed been signed have been reviewed and steps are being taken to try to avoid a repetition of this delay.

11th April, 2003

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