Provision for police and crime commissioner to be fire and rescue authority

Policing and Crime Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:46 pm on 26th April 2016.

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  • Division number 253
    A majority of MPs voted against requiring the consent of the relevant local councils and the fire authority, or the majority of people taking part in a referendum, before a Police and Crime Commissioner is given responsibility for a Fire and Rescue Service.

Amendment proposed: 6, page 157, line 33, at end insert—

‘(4) An order under section 4A, whether modified or not by the Secretary of State, may only be made with either: consent of all of the relevant local authorities and relevant fire and rescue authority, or a majority vote by local people through referendum.”—(Lyn Brown.)

This amendment would ensure that a PCC can only take over a Fire and Rescue Service with the approval of local people or their local representatives.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House proceeded to a Division.

Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

I ask the Serjeant at Arms to investigate the delay in the Aye Lobby.

The House divided:

Ayes 200, Noes 307.

Division number 253 Policing and Crime Bill — Schedule 1 — Consent of Fire Authority and Councils or Local People Before Police and Crime Commissioner Given Fire and Rescue Responsibilities

A majority of MPs voted against requiring the consent of the relevant local councils and the fire authority, or the majority of people taking part in a referendum, before a Police and Crime Commissioner is given responsibility for a Fire and Rescue Service.

Aye: 200 MPs

No: 307 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 137 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

The House having divided: Ayes 200, Noes 307.

Question accordingly negatived.

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