Police and Crime Commissioners — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 3rd December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 3:13 pm, 3rd December 2014

My Lords, first, I pay tribute to the noble Lord’s distinguished service in the police service. I recognise his points, and will respond to one of them by saying that when he was serving in the police he was accountable to political leadership through the police authorities. What we now have is directly elected police and crime commissioners and, whereas only 7% of people knew that the police authorities existed, 5.8 million people have now voted for their police and crime commissioner. That is progress.