Clause 4 - The decision-maker on a claim

Part of Riot Compensation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 13th January 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham 2:30 pm, 13th January 2016

That is a fundamental point. The Minister will understand that that goes to the heart of our policing model: that is, policing by consent. Unlike other police forces in the world, our police do not routinely carry guns; we, as citizens, police alongside the police. Therefore, given the policing by consent model, he will understand that in some scenarios the police authority may be reluctant to declare a riot. What are the safeguards in those circumstances?