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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 Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 12:15 pm, 24th January 2013

My hon. Friend raises a very important point. I am mindful that the fact sheet was clearly produced prior to the police and crime commissioner elections, when the Government were keen on police and crime commissioners. There was certainly recognition that they needed to be able to work with the various mechanisms of policing, but it seems to have been watered down somewhat in recent months. Our debate on Tuesday may have reflected that. I would be interested if the Minister could clarify whether the officials who produced the fact sheet on how they see the police and crime commissioners interacting with the National Crime Agency—particularly around the power of tasking—are correct, or whether, as his comments on Tuesday would lead us to believe, police and crime commissioners will simply be left to pick up the bill without knowing what they are paying for and why.

The amendments are very clearly about notifying. They are not necessarily about police and crime commissioners being able to challenge any decision or any request for tasking. We recognise that power within the Bill. However, it is about how people work together on the ground, and I would welcome the Minister’s comments.