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Special Adviser Pay Bands for 2010-11

The pay bands and pay ranges for special advisers for 2010-11 are as follows:

Scheme Ceiling

£142,668

Pay Band 4

£88966-£106,864

Pay Band 3 and Premium

£66512-£103,263

Pay Band 2

£52,215-£69,266

Pay Band 1

£40,352-54,121

Pay Band 0

Up to £40,352

Pay bill costs

The pay bill for special advisers in 2009-10 was £6.8 million.

Terrorism: Stop and Search

Statement

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Neville-Jones): I wish to inform the House of errors relating to those periods in the past which have recently been identified following an internal review of the authorisation process for the stop and search powers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has undertaken work in relation to a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act concerning authorisations for the Section 44 stop and search powers. In the course of reviewing its Section 44 records, the MPS identified an authorisation from April 2004 which had not been confirmed by a Home Office Minister within the statutory 48-hour deadline for confirmation.

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Subsequent investigations revealed that approximately 840 were stopped and searched in the relevant area during the period of the invalid authorisation. The MPS is urgently considering what steps can reasonably be taken to contact those individuals involved.

As a result of this discovery, the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) in the Home Office undertook a review in May 2010 of all Section 44 authorisations since the Terrorism Act came into force on 19 February 2001, in the course of which a number of other errors came to light. I have to inform the House that it appears that stop-and-search powers have been used unlawfully by a number of police forces on a number of occasions. The Home Office has written to each of the police forces concerned to alert them to these errors and those forces are now in the process of assessing how many individuals were stopped and searched in the periods of invalid authorisations. They will do their best to contact those involved. To summarise these errors, on 33 occasions authorisations were specified to be for 29 days, and two occasions when the authorisations were specified to be for 30 days, whereas the statutory maximum period is 28 days. In addition, there was one further case (as well as the MPS incident in April 2004) where ministerial confirmation for the authorisation was not provided within the statutory 48-hour deadline. All of these cases appear to have been as a result of administrative errors which were not identified at the time by either the police or the Home Office. A full breakdown is included in the attached table.

Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, has been informed.

Three episodes of errors taking place in the Section 44 authorisation process have previously been brought to the attention of the House. For completeness, these are also included in the attached table bringing the total number of such cases to 40. Home Office officials are working closely with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) with the aim of ensuring there are no incidents in future. Officials will keep Lord Carlile and me informed and I will report back to the House as necessary.

I am aware that there is considerable concern about the operation of Section 44 stop-and-search powers going beyond these authorisation errors. The Government are committed to a wider review of counterterrorism legislation, including the operation of the Section 44 stop-and-search provisions. While I take some reassurance from the fact that no errors have occurred since December 2008 when the authorisation process was tightened, I want to assure the House that there will be utmost vigilance in future. It is with the need for this in mind that I have instructed Home Office officials unconnected with the administrative process to conduct the internal review of procedures.

Table of Erroneous Authorisations

Authorisations over the statutory 28 day period



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Kent Constabulary
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

19 February 2001

08.00 hrs

18 March 2001

19 March 2001

11 April 2001

08.35 hrs

08 May 2001

09 May 2001

Sussex Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

05 March 2001

11.50 hrs

01 April 2001

02 April 2001

07 September 2001

12.00 hrs

04 October 2001

05 October 2001

19 December 2001

15.30 hrs

15 January 2001

16 January 2001

15 January 2007*

09.15 hrs

11 February 2007

12 February 2007

12 March 2007*

14.21 hrs

08 April 2007

9 April 2007

Durham Constabulary
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

03 April 2001

09.30 hrs

30 April 2001

01 May 2001

Cleveland Police

Authorisation Date

Authorisation Time

Statutory End Date

Actual End Date

02 April 2001

10.30 hrs

29 April 2001

30 April 2001

City of London Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

29 April 2001

12.00 hrs

26 May 2001

27 May 2001

21 June 2001

12.00 hrs

18 July 2001

19 July 2001

20 July 2001

11.20 hrs

16 August 2001

17 August 2001

17 August 2001

12.00 hrs

13 September 2001

14 September 2001

Thames Valley Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

29 April 2001

12.00 hrs

26 May 2001

27 May 2001

25 May 2001

12.00 hrs

21 June 2001

22 June 2001

22 June 2001

08.05 hrs

19 July 2001

20 July 2001

20 July 2001

08.04 hrs

16 August 2001

17 August 2001

17 August 2001

08.01 hrs

13 September 2001

14 September 2001

24 June 2002

11.33 hrs

21 July 2002

22 July 2002

Metropolitan Police Service
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

29 April 2001

12.00 hrs

26 May 2001

27 May 2001

25 May 2001

12.00 hrs

21 June 2001

22 June 2001

22 June 2001

12.00 hrs

19 July 2001

20 July 2001

20 July 2001

13.00 hrs

16 August 2001

17 August 2001

17 August 2001

12.00 hrs

13 September 2001

14 September 2001



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North Yorkshire Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

21 September 2001

12.00 hrs

18 October 2001

19 October 2001

19 October 2001

11.45 hrs

15 November 2001

16 November 2001

16 November 2001

12.00 hrs

13 December 2001

14 December 2001

Hampshire
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

02 September 2002

10.25 hrs

29 September 2002

30 September 2002

Bedfordshire Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

15 November 2002

10.00 hrs

12 December 2002

13 December 2002

Essex Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

20 October 2003

08.05 hrs

16 November 2003

17 November 2003

Greater Manchester Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

19 January 2004

09.30 hrs

15 February 2004

16 February 2004

16 August 2007*

15.20 hrs

12 September 2007

14 September 2007

13 September 2007*

12.00 hrs

10 October 2007

11 October 2007

Fife Constabulary
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

31 March 2008

16.43 hrs

27 April 2008

28 April 2008

South Wales Police
Authorisation DateAuthorisation TimeStatutory End DateActual End Date

6 February 2007*

13.50 hrs

05 March 2007

7 March 2007


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