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 Baroness Henig Baroness Henig Labour 3:13 pm, 3rd December 2014

My Lords, when the legislation to establish police and crime commissioners was going through this House, many of us on all sides of the Chamber warned strongly that a lack of effective governance arrangements would have dangerous consequences. In light of the fact that, as we have already heard, over half of all police crime and commissioners are under investigation as we speak, will the Minister now agree that his Government’s pigheaded refusal to listen to what everyone was telling them at the time has resulted in the new arrangements not only being completely discredited and financially ridiculous, but having had serious consequences for public confidence?