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Clause 4 - Relationships between NCA and other agencies: tasking etc

Part of Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 24th January 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department 12:30 pm, 24th January 2013

Directed tasking is a different order, which is why the framework document contains a requirement on the director general to notify the Home  Secretary and the relevant police and crime commissioner as soon as is feasible, if the issue is a direction to the chief constable of a police force to perform a task or to provide assistance. Although the hon. Lady says that PCCs are not mentioned in the Bill, it does refer to “local policing bodies”, which is the term that covers PCCs as well as the Mayor of London and the City of London police authority, which does not involve PCCs in quite the same way. Those local policing bodies must be consulted on the strategic priorities and the annual plan, so a role is envisaged for PCCs. We are not overlooking them, but we do not think it is necessary for them to be involved on a minute, minute-by-minute operational basis in the decisions made by the NCA and police forces.