Part 10 of the Bill: police powers
27. The Bill would allow the Atomic Energy Authority
constables, the Ministry of Defence Police and the British Transport
Police to operate off-site and sometimes in support of the civilian
police in a civilian context. In our Second Report,
we noted that we would be unable to feel confident that the Bill
provides adequate safeguards against abuse of and interference
with human rights, until the extent of those safeguards (including
the application and adequacy of Codes of Practice, recording requirements,
complaints procedures, and training programmes) had been made
28. We note that the Government explained, during
the Committee Stage in the House of Commons, that it was intended
that the powers should be exercised by the Ministry of Transport
Police only in an emergency.
The Government also undertook to introduce further measures in
due course (but not in the current Bill) to secure the accountability
of the Ministry of Transport Police.
We welcome the guarantees offered by Ministers in relation to
the extensions of police powers to these other forces. We are
not, however, satisfied that these meet all the concerns we outlined.
We again draw those concerns to the attention of each House.
43 op cit,
para. 68 Back
44 HC Deb., 26
November 2001, cc 775-778 (Dr. Moonie) Back
c 779 Back