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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 10th July 2002

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

POLICE REFORM BILL [LORDS], AS AMENDED

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the House [9th July].

NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 1

Improvement action plans
   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'After section 41 of the 1996 Act there shall be inserted—

       "41A Improvement Action Plans

          (1)   This section applies where the Secretary of State, as a consequence of a report under section 54, is satisfied in relation to any police force maintained for any police area—

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

          (b) that the whole or part of the force 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 prepared under section 54 to the police authority which maintains the force in question, together with his reasons for considering that the conditions of subsection (1) are satisfied.

          (3)   The police authority on receipt of the report, shall require the chief officer 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 chief officer of the force in question.

          (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 police authority maintaining the force in question; and

          (d) provision for the duration of the plan.

          (6)   The chief officer shall provide a copy of the plan to the police authority within twelve weeks of the issuing of the requirement by the authority under subsection (3).

          (7)   Within twelve weeks of the end of the duration of the plan the chief officer shall report to the police authority who shall provide 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 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.".'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins
Simon Hughes
Norman Baker
Annette Brooke

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

6

Page     5,     line     35,     leave out Clause 5.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

109

Page     5,     line     38     [Clause     5],     leave out from 'where' to first 'the', in line 41, and insert 'a report made to the Secretary of State on an inspection under section 54 states, in relation to a police force for a police area—

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

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

110

Page     5,     line     43     [Clause     5],     after 'that' insert ', in that person's opinion,'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

111

Page     6,     line     1     [Clause     5],     leave out 'chief officer of police of' and insert 'police authority responsible for maintaining'.

As Amendments to Mr Secretary Blunkett's proposed Amendment (No. 111) (Page 6, line 1 [Clause 5]):

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(a)

*Line     1,     before 'chief', insert 'may direct the'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(b)

*Line     1,     before 'police', insert 'shall inform the'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

173

*Page     6,     line     1     [Clause     5],     leave out from 'force' to end of line 5 and insert 'of the contents of the report and the reasons for the statements made under paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1)'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

112

Page     6,     line     2     [Clause     5],     leave out 'prepare and'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

113

Page     6,     line     6     [Clause     5],     leave out from beginning to end of line 8.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

114

Page     6,     line     8     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

          '(3A)   If a police authority is directed to submit an action plan, that authority shall direct the chief officer of police of the force in question to prepare a draft of it and to submit it to the police authority for that authority to consider.

          (3B)   The police 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 police authority proposes to make modifications to the draft of the action plan submitted under subsection (3A), it must consult with the chief officer of police.'.

As Amendments to Mr Secretary Blunkett's proposed Amendment (No. 114) (Page 6, line 8 [Clause 5]):

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(a)

*Line     1,     leave out from '(3A)' to 'that' and insert 'When a police authority is informed by the Secretary of State under subsection (2)'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(b)

*Line     3,     leave out 'of it' and insert 'a plan ("an action plan")'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(c)

*Line     5,     leave out subsection (3B).

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

174

*Page     6,     line     9     [Clause     5],     leave out lines 9 to 16.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

115

Page     6,     line     10     [Clause     5],      leave out from 'may' to end of line 16 and insert ', if he is of the opinion that the remedial measures contained in the action plan submitted to him are inadequate, notify the police authority and the chief officer of the force in question of that opinion and of his reasons for it.

          (4A)   If a police authority is notified under subsection (4) —

          (a) it shall consider, after consultation with the chief officer of the police force in question 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

116

Page     6,     line     17     [Clause     5],      leave out 'chief officer of any' and insert 'police authority responsible for maintaining a'.

As Amendments to Mr Secretary Blunkett's proposed Amendment (No. 116) (Page 6, line 17 [Clause 5]):

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(a)

*Line     1,     before 'chief', insert 'giving a direction under this section to the'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(b)

*Line     1,     before 'police', insert 'informing the'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

117

Page     6,     line     18     [Clause     5],      leave out 'police authority maintaining' and insert 'chief officer of police of'.

As Amendments to Mr Secretary Blunkett's proposed Amendment (No. 117) (Page 6, line 18 [Clause 5]):

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(a)

*Line     1,     after 'maintaining', insert 'that force that he has given that direction.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr James Paice
Mr Nick Hawkins

(b)

*Line     2,     after second 'of', insert 'that force that he has so informed the authority.'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

118

Page     6,     line     20     [Clause     5],      leave out from beginning to end of line 21 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

119

Page     6,     line     23     [Clause     5],      leave out 'or resubmitted'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

120

Page     6,     line     25     [Clause     5],      leave out from beginning to end of line 29 and insert—

          '(a) provision setting out the steps that the police 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 the 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

121

Page     6,     line     30     [Clause     5],     after 'reports' insert 'to the Secretary of State'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

122

Page     6,     line     31     [Clause     5],     leave out from 'plan' to end of line 32.

 
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