Clause 1

– in a Public Bill Committee on 3rd February 2009.

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Duty of police authorities in relation to public accountability

Question (this day) again proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

I remind the Committee that with this we are considering: new clause 2—Composition of police authorities—

‘For section 4 of the Police Act 1996 (Membership of police authorities etc) substitute—

“Composition of police authorities

(1) Where a police authority has the same boundary as a local council, that council will be the police authority.

(2) Each police authority established under section 3 shall consist of 17 members.

(3) Where a police authority boundary and a local council boundary are not coterminous, two-thirds of the members of the police authority shall be directly elected by Single Transferable Vote.

(4) The members of the police authority subject to clause (3) above shall be elected once every four years on the same day as all or most of the local government elections in the force area.

(5) Elections per clauses (3) and (4) above shall be voted on by all members of the population over the age of 18 who reside within the relevant police authority boundary and whom are eligible to vote in local government elections.

(6) Where subsection (2) above applies, one-third of the members of the police authorities shall be nominated from local councillors within the police force area.

(7) Under subsection (1) or (2) above, police authorities may co-opt extra members to ensure diversity, experience and expertise.

(8) In subsection (4) above, co-opted members may be—

(a) magistrates, or

(b) any person deemed appropriate by the existing members of the police authority to which outside members are being co-opted.”’.