Clause 17 - Directions as to arrangements under section 16
Fire and Rescue Services Bill
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge, Conservative)
Can the Under-Secretary explain why, when neither authority wants to go ahead with the arrangement in question, the power is needed separately under clause 16? My understanding is that the Secretary of State already has powers to direct that an authority will discharge its functions beyond its own area. Therefore, he could achieve the same objective without the power in clause 16.