Clause 17 - Directions as to arrangements under section 16

Part of Fire and Rescue Services Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 24th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Philip Hammond Mr Philip Hammond Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 11:00 am, 24th February 2004

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.

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