Amendments proposed to the Police Reform Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     7,     line     2     [Clause     5],      at end insert—

          '(10A)   A police authority shall comply with any direction given to it under this section.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     7,     line     4     [Clause     5],      at end insert—

              '(11A)   Nothing in this section or in section 40 prevents the Secretary of State in the case of the same report under section 54 from exercising (whether in relation to the same matter or different matters or at the same time or at different times) both his powers under this section and his powers under section 40.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     7,     line     16     [Clause     5],      leave out 'chief officer' and insert 'police authority'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

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Page     106,     line     1     [Schedule     1],     leave out from beginning to end of line 33 on page 107 and insert—

"31A     NCIS Improvement Action Plans

    (1)   This section applies where the Secretary of State, as a consequence of an inspection report, is satisfied—

      (a) that the whole or any part of NCIS is, whether generally or in particular respects, not efficient or not effective; or

      (b) that the whole or part of NCIS will cease to be efficient or effective, whether generally or in particular respects, unless remedial measures are taken.

    (2)   The Secretary of State shall, after consultation with Scottish Ministers, send a copy of the report to the NCIS Service Authority together with his reasons for considering that the conditions of subsection (1) are satisfied.

    (3)   The Service Authority, on receipt of the report, shall require the Director General of NCIS to prepare a plan ("an Improvement Action Plan") for taking remedial measures in relation to anything contained in the report.

    (4)   An Improvement Action Plan shall not relate to any matters other than those in relation to which functions fall to be discharged by the Director General of NCIS.

    (5)   Any plan produced under subsection (3) shall include—

      (a) provision for setting targets for addressing the issues raised in the report under section 54;

      (b) provision for setting time limits in achieving those targets;

      (c) provision for the making of progress reports to the NCIS Service Authority; and

      (d) provision for the duration of the plan.

    (6)   The Director General shall provide a copy of the plan to the Service Authority within twelve weeks of the issuing of the requirement by the Service Authority under subsection (3).

    (7)   Within twelve weeks of the end of the duration of the plan the Director General shall report to the Service Authority who shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State.

    (8)   Any report under subsection (6) shall include—

      (a) an assessment of the performance of the force, in whole or in part as appropriate, against the targets set in the plan; and

      (b) an assessment of the impact of the plan on the efficiency or effectiveness of the force.

    (9)   In this section 'an inspection report' means a report under section 54 of the Police Act 1996 (c.16), section 33 of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 (c.77) or section 41 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (c.32).".'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     2     [Schedule     1],     leave out from 'where' to first 'the', in line 4, and insert 'an inspection report made to the Secretary of State states—

          (a) that, in the opinion of the person making the report,'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     6     [Schedule     1],     after 'that' insert ', in that person's opinion,'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     10     [Schedule     1],     leave out 'Director General of NCIS to prepare and' and insert 'NCIS Service Authority to'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     15     [Schedule     1],     leave out from beginning to end of line 18.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     18     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

          '(3A)   If the NCIS Service Authority is directed to submit an action plan, that authority shall direct the Director General of NCIS to prepare a draft of it and to submit it to the NCIS Service Authority for that authority to consider.

          (3B)   The NCIS Service Authority, on considering a draft action plan submitted to it under subsection (3A) may submit the plan to the Secretary of State, with or without modifications.

          (3C)   If the NCIS Service Authority proposes to make modifications to the draft of the action plan submitted under subsection (3A), it must consult with the Director General of NCIS.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     20     [Schedule     1],      leave out from 'may' to end of line 27 and insert ', if he is of the opinion that the remedial measures contained in the action plan submitted to him are inadequate, notify the NCIS Service Authority and the Director General of NCIS of that opinion and of his reasons for it.

          (4A)   In forming an opinion for the purposes of subsection (4), the Secretary of State must consult with the Scottish Ministers.

          (4B)   If the NCIS Service Authority is notified under subsection (4) —

          (a) it shall consider, after consultation with the Director General of NCIS about the matters notified, whether to revise the action plan in the light of those matters; and

          (b) if it does revise that plan, it shall send a copy of the revised plan to the Secretary of State.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     28     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'Director General of NCIS' and insert 'NCIS Service Authority'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     29     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'NCIS Service Authority' and insert 'Director General of NCIS'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     31     [Schedule     1],      leave out from beginning to end of line 33 and insert—

          '(6)   The period within which a direction to submit an action plan must be complied with is such period of not less than four weeks and not more than twelve weeks after it is given as may be specified in the direction.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     35     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'or resubmitted'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     37     [Schedule     1],      leave out from beginning to end of line 41 and insert—

          '(a) provision setting out the steps that the NCIS Service Authority proposes should be taken in respect of the matters to which the direction relates and the performance targets the authority proposes should be met;

          (b) provision setting out that Authority's proposals as to the times within which those steps are to be taken and those standards to be met and the means by which the success of the plan's implementation is to be measured;'..

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     42     [Schedule     1],     after 'reports' insert 'to the Secretary of State'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     106,     line     43     [Schedule     1],     leave out from 'plan' to end of line 44.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     4     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'to direct the inclusion in an action of' and insert 'or the NCIS Service Authority to direct the inclusion in an action plan or draft action.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     8     [Schedule     1],      leave out from beginning to end of line 10.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     12     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'or resubmission'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     14     [Schedule     1],      leave out 'or resubmission'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     15     [Schedule     1],      at end insert—

          '(10A)   The NCIS Service Authority shall comply with any direction given to it under this section.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

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*Page     107,     line     33     [Schedule     1],      at end insert—

          '(15A)   Nothing in this section or in section 30 prevents the Secretary of State in the case of the same inspection report from exercising (whether in relation to the same matter or different matters or at the same time or at different times) both his powers under this section and his powers under that section.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

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Page     107,     line     35     [Schedule     1],     leave out from beginning to end of line 16 on page 109 and insert—

      '76A NCS Improvement Action Plans

    (1)   This section applies where the Secretary of State, as a consequence of a report under section 54 of the Police Act 1996, is satisfied—

      (a) that the whole or any part of the National Crime Squad is, whether generally or in particular respects, not efficient or not effective; or

      (b) that the whole or part of the National Crime Squad will cease to be efficient or effective, whether generally or in particular respects, unless remedial measures are taken.

    (2)   The Secretary of State shall send a copy of the report to the NCS Service Authority together with his reasons for considering that the conditions of subsection (1) are satisfied.

    (3)   The Service Authority shall require the Director General of the National Crime Squad to prepare a plan ("an Improvement Action Plan") for taking remedial measures in relation to anything contained in the report under section 54.

    (4)   An Improvement Action Plan shall not relate to any matters other than those in relation to which functions fall to be discharged by the Director General of the National Crime Squad.

    (5)   Any plan produced under subsection (3) shall include—

      (a) provision for setting targets for addressing the issues raised in the report under section 54;

      (b) provision for setting time limits in achieving those targets;

      (c) provision for the making of progress reports to the NCS Service Authority; and

      (d) provision for the duration of the plan.

    (6)   The Director General shall provide a copy of the plan to the Service Authority within twelve weeks of the issuing of the requirement by the Service Authority under subsection (3).

    (7)   Within twelve weeks of the end of the duration of the plan the Director General shall report to the Service Authority who shall send a copy of the report to the Secretary of State.

    (8)   Any report under subsection (7) shall include—

      (a) an assessment of the performance of the National Crime Squad, in whole or in part as appropriate, against the targets set in the plan; and

      (b) an assessment of the impact of the plan on the efficiency or effectiveness of the National Crime Squad.'.

 
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