Greater London Authority Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART VI, THE METROPOLITAN POLICE - continued

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Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners
General functions of the Commissioner.     247. After section 9 of the Police Act 1996 there shall be inserted-
 
 
"General functions of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.     9A. - (1) The metropolitan police force shall be under the direction and control of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis appointed under section 9B.
 
    (2) In discharging his functions, the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall have regard to the local policing plan issued by the Metropolitan Police Authority under section 8."
 
Appointment of Commissioner.     248. After section 9A of the Police Act 1996 there shall be inserted-
 
 
"Appointment of Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.     9B. - (1) There shall be a Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
 
    (2) Any appointment of a Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall be made by Her Majesty by warrant under Her sign manual.
 
      (3) A person appointed as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall hold office at Her Majesty's pleasure.
 
      (4) Any appointment of a Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall be subject to regulations under section 50.
 
      (5) Before recommending to Her Majesty that She appoint a person as the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the Secretary of State shall have regard to-
 
 
    (a) any recommendations made to him by the Metropolitan Police Authority; and
 
    (b) any representations made to him by the Mayor of London.
      (6) Any functions exercisable by the Mayor of London under subsection (5) may only be exercised by him personally."
 
Functions of the Deputy Commissioner.     249. After section 9B of the Police Act 1996 there shall be inserted-
 
 
"Functions of Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.     9C. - (1) The Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis may exercise any or all of the powers and duties of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis-
 
    (a) during any absence, incapacity or suspension from duty of the Commissioner,
 
    (b) during any vacancy in the office of the Commissioner, or
 
    (c) at any other time, with the consent of the Commissioner.
      (2) The Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall not have power to act by virtue of subsection (1)(a) or (b) for a continuous period exceeding three months, except with the consent of the Secretary of State.
 
      (3) The Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis shall also have all the powers and duties of an Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis."
 
Appointment of Deputy Commissioner.     250. After section 9C of the Police Act 1996 there shall be inserted-
 
 
"Appointment of Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.     9D. - (1) There shall be a Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
 
    (2) Any appointment of a Deputy Commissioner shall be made by Her Majesty by warrant under Her sign manual.
 
      (3) A person appointed as the Deputy Commissioner shall hold office at Her Majesty's pleasure.
 
      (4) Any appointment of a Deputy Commissioner shall be subject to regulations under section 50.
 
      (5) Before recommending to Her Majesty that She appoint a person as the Deputy Commissioner, the Secretary of State shall have regard to-
 
 
    (a) any recommendations made to him by the Metropolitan Police Authority; and
 
    (b) any representations made to him by the Commissioner.
      (6) In this section-
 
 
    "the Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis;
 
    "Deputy Commissioner" means Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis."
 
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