Police (Northern Ireland) Bill - continued        House of Lords

back to previous text
Provision of advice and assistance to international organisations, etc.     8. - (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Board may provide advice and assistance to-
    (a) an international organisation or institution; or
    (b) any other person or body engaged outside the United Kingdom in the carrying on of activities similar to any carried on by the Board or the Chief Constable.
      (2) The power conferred on the Board by subsection (1) includes a power to make arrangements under which a police officer is engaged for a period of temporary service with a body or person within paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection.
      (3) The power conferred by subsection (1) shall not be exercised except with the consent of the Secretary of State which may be given subject to such conditions as appear to him to be appropriate.
      (4) Nothing in this section authorises the Board to provide any financial assistance by making a grant or loan or giving a guarantee or indemnity.
      (5) The Board may make charges for advice or assistance provided by it under this section.
      (6) This section is without prejudice to section 10 of the Overseas Development and Co-operation Act 1980.
Grants to, and borrowing by, the Board.     9. - (1) The Secretary of State shall for each financial year make to the Board a grant for police purposes.
      (2) A grant under this section-
    (a) shall be of such amount;
    (b) shall be paid at such time, or in instalments of such amounts and at such times; and
    (c) shall be made on such conditions,
       as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (3) A time determined under subsection (2)(b) may fall within or after the financial year concerned.
      (4) Subject to subsections (5), (6) and (8), the Board may borrow, by way of temporary loan or overdraft from a bank or otherwise, any sum which it may temporarily require for the purpose of defraying expenses pending the receipt of moneys receivable by the Board.
      (5) The total amount owing of money borrowed under subsection (4) shall not at any time exceed such sum as the Secretary of State may specify to the Board in writing.
      (6) Any sum borrowed under subsection (4) shall be repaid before the end of the financial year in which it is borrowed.
      (7) Subject to subsection (8), the Board may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, borrow or raise money on such terms and subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State may approve upon the security of any property or assets of the Board for all or any of the following purposes-
    (a) meeting expenses incurred in connection with any permanent work the cost of which is properly chargeable to capital;
    (b) redeeming any loan previously borrowed or raised under this section; or
    (c) any other purpose for which capital moneys may properly be applied.
      (8) The Board may not borrow or raise money under this section for any purposes other than police purposes.
Funding for police purposes - ancillary provisions.     10. - (1) The Board shall-
    (a) prepare and submit to the Secretary of State, at such times and in such form as the Secretary of State may direct, estimates of the receipts and payments of the Board for police purposes during such period as may be specified in the direction; and
    (b) submit to the Secretary of State such other information relating to those estimates as he may require.
      (2) A draft of the estimates of receipts and payments for police purposes shall be submitted by the Chief Constable to the Board.
      (3) The estimates submitted by the Board under subsection (1) shall be either-
    (a) in the form of the draft submitted under subsection (2); or
    (b) in that form with such amendments as the Board may, after consultation with the Chief Constable, determine.
      (4) The Board shall comply with such directions as the Secretary of State may give as to the application of moneys received by the Board otherwise than by way of grant under section 9(1) or paragraph 15 of Schedule 1; and to the extent that any statutory provision or any such direction does not require moneys so received to be applied in a particular manner or for a particular purpose, the Board shall apply those moneys for police purposes.
      (5) The Board shall in each financial year put at the disposal of the Chief Constable-
    (a) an amount equal to the amount of the grant for police purposes received in that year by the Board under section 9(1); and
    (b) any amount received by the Board in that year which is required to be applied for police purposes-
      (i) by subsection (4) or directions under that subsection; or
      (ii) by any other statutory provision.
Charges for special services.     11. The Chief Constable may, at the request of any person, provide special police services subject to the payment to the Board of such charges, or charges on such scales, as may be determined by the Board.
Accounts and audit.     12. - (1) The Chief Constable shall in relation to all amounts put at his disposal under section 10(5)-
    (a) keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts; and
    (b) prepare a statement of accounts in respect of each financial year.
      (2) The functions of the Chief Constable under subsection (1) shall be exercised on behalf of and in the name of the Board.
      (3) The statement of accounts shall contain such information and shall be in such form as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (4) The Chief Constable shall submit the statement of accounts to the Board within such period after the end of the financial year to which they relate as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (5) The Board shall send copies of the statement of accounts to the Secretary of State and the Comptroller and Auditor General within such further period as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (6) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall-
    (a) examine, certify and report on each statement of accounts received by him under this section; and
    (b) lay copies of the statement of accounts and of his report before each House of Parliament.
Rewards for diligence.     13. The Board may, on the recommendation of the Chief Constable, pay rewards for exceptional diligence or other specially meritorious conduct to-
    (a) police officers;
    (b) members of the police support staff; and
    (c) traffic wardens.
previous section contents continue
House of Lords home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Commons home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2000
Prepared 26 October 2000