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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 12:15 pm on 24th January 2013.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Labour, Middlesbrough 12:15 pm, 24th January 2013

We have had police and crime commissioners since 15 November, yet on the face of the Bill, they seem to have been expunged altogether. I am greatly fearful that if these provisions go through without amendment, there is a real danger that police and crime commissioners will be out of the loop in some key issues, which will undermine their position. They will have strategic responsibility for the delivery of policing in their area, but that role will be eroded before  it has even started if they are not included, as my hon. Friend describes. Does she agree that we have an agenda to establish PCCs, but it is undermined by the provisions as they currently stand?