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Police Training

409. Running costs for the new Central Police Training and Development Authority will be met initially by grant-in-aid at the same level as current funding for National Police Training. Additional funds of £3.5 million have been allocated specifically to help meet the costs of transition from Home Office organisation to a Non-Departmental Public Body. The other legislative changes will not give rise directly to increased demands on resources, although some increased expenditure on training may be necessary in due course, depending on the extent to which the prescription of mandatory qualifications or a core curriculum requires training activity which is not already covered by existing programmes.

Police Organisation

410. There will be no additional costs relating to the re-introduction of the police ranks of deputy chief constable and chief superintendent because there are already two ranges on the salary scales for superintendents and in practice many of the forces have kept the two ranks.

411. There will be minor administrative savings relating to the police pension measures.

412. There will be no significant effects on public expenditure and public service manpower relating to the police authority measures and implementing the right to silence in police disciplinary proceedings.

413. There will be no significant costs or manpower implications arising from the measures relating to the financial provisions and constitution of the Service Authorities for NCS and NCIS.

Miscellaneous and Supplemental

414. The estimated cost of extending the criteria for juvenile secure remands is £24m per annum. The estimated cost of the provision in the Bill to offer the courts the option of electronic monitoring of juveniles on bail and on remand to local authority accommodation is £5.1m per annum. Placing local authority secure remandees in secure training centres is not expected to incur any additional public sector costs.

415. Public service manpower implications are expected to be minimal; the new work (new custodial establishments and electronic monitoring) will be contracted out to the private sector.

SUMMARY OF THE REGULATORY APPRAISAL

Closure of disorderly licensed premises

416. The financial costs to industry only involves businesses which breach the existing terms, conditions and restrictions attached to liquor and public entertainment licences and existing law. These measures should not impact on businesses maintaining orderly premises save by creating a deterrent against any reduction in standards.

417. It is estimated that the closure of innocent premises who are in the vicinity of other disorderly premises would only arise in very rare cases, perhaps less than 15. The police will be issued with guidance that such a measure should be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary.

418. As regards errant premises which do not comply with the law, it is estimated, based on information provided by the police service, that a very small number of businesses, perhaps less than 800, are likely to fall foul of this closure power. The costs to those businesses, depending on their size and the length of closure, will range from £1,100 to £60,000 in terms of commercial losses and legal costs associated with subsequent revocation proceedings. If the number of closures is taken to be approximately 1000, the total cost to errant businesses could be between £1.1 million and £60 million. In addition, the cost to the estimated 15 innocent premises (mentioned above) could be between £16,500 and £900,000. The total cost could therefore be between £1.16 million and £60.9 million. The costs to a business of the potential loss of licence following a court hearing are unquantifiable, involving both owners of businesses and salaried managers.

419. A copy of the full RIA can be obtained from the Home Office website, or from Naim Siddiqui, Home Office, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AT or by email, [email protected]

EUROPEAN CONVENTION OH HUMAN RIGHTS

420. Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the Minister in charge of a Bill in either house of Parliament to make a statement, before second reading, about the compatibility of the provisions of the Bill with the Convention rights (as defined by section 1 of that Act). The Lord Bassam of Brighton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, has made the following statement:

In my view the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.

COMMENCEMENT DATE

421. Sections 109, 116(7) and 119(7) and 139 of the Bill will come into force on royal assent. Part II and section 84 will come into force two months after royal assent. The remaining provisions of the Bill will be brought into force by commencement order.

 
 
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