Clause 27 - Enforcement of closure orders

Criminal Justice and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 pm on 27th February 2001.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

When we examined clause 27(1)(b), we discovered that the powers that the Government propose to give to the constable or other authorised person are extremely wide. I should like to probe the Minister on the phrase that suggests that the constable or other authorised person should be given the power to

``do anything reasonably necessary for the purpose of securing compliance with the order.''

Those are wide words indeed. When a power is drawn as widely as that, it is right to probe the Government on whether such powers are apposite.

Debate adjourned.—[Mr. Sutcliffe.]

Adjourned accordingly at twenty minutes to Ten o'clock till Thursday 1 March at five minutes to Ten o'clock.