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Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Effectively, if it received a request or a comment, the authority could use its discretion to say, “No. That’s not at all relevant to this.” That would almost allow representations from anybody, no matter where they lived.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Effectively, you would be happy with the planning system coming into licensing, so that anyone can make representations and the council can choose what weight to give them.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: With a planning application, once you have approved it and it has been built, you do not tend to review it easily.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: With licensing, however, there is a provision for ongoing attempts to review, which slightly changes the balance. Do you think that there is scope for a different test? For initial applications, you allow a wide consultation, but you try and scope it down for reviews.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: These proposed temporary class drug orders effectively last for a year. Is that a sensible time frame? Do you think you can get through the process you need to get through in that time to decide whether it becomes an illegal drug? Do you think that initial period will need to be longer?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does the long-term occupation of the square provide any security concerns for you? I know that you go round and wax seal all the drains for miles around when there is a big event. How do you cope when somebody has been there for weeks and months and when you struggle to work out what they have got hidden under their blankets?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: So there is no concern over the royal wedding and what impact the square might have on your policing on that day?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: You will have to forgive me, because not being a lawyer I may be misunderstanding some stuff. I would normally expect that the level of evidence you would need for an arrest would be less than to go ahead with a prosecution. To my layman’s eye you appear to be applying the same test to allowing the arrest warrant as you would be looking at to go ahead with a prosecution. The Bill says that...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Say we were in the super-fast situation that you outlined and I have eight ring binders full of evidence, but we need to get the arrest warrant issued in two hours. You appear to be suggesting that you need to go through all eight ring binders and give it deep consideration. Do you not have the scope to look at the key bits and say, “Actually, this looks like a pretty reasonable one, I’ll...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: That was not quite what I suggested.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: In answer to Dr Huppert’s question, you were talking about consulting with the Attorney-General. That becomes a bit academic, because presumably, shortly after the arrest warrant, the Attorney-General has to consent to the process going any further anyway. It strikes me as being quite unusual that, were he to disagree with you, you would go ahead, because he could just say, “No” the...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: How many are there that require both your and the Attorney-General’s explicit consent?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: We are in a much shorter time frame here. Effectively you are both giving consent on what is likely to be the same information.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Schedule 3 (27 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am loth to continue the debate, but one of the attractions of amendment 38 is that it would provide some notification if the board employed some expensive consultants. They would not fall under the definition of appointing staff, but perhaps the amendment would mean that their employment would trigger a notification. It is a big concern when expensive consultants are put into roles in the...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Would not the hon. Gentleman’s proposal for an annual plan leave every commissioner doing that, because they would have to have a plan for that year, which, presumably, would start on approximately 1 April, which is the start of the election period?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I can see what my hon. Friend is trying to achieve. My concern is that his amendment would create a consultation before a draft plan was available. If I were on the panel and was consulted, without a draft in front of me, I would be chucking ideas in rather than thinking strategically. On the other hand, I think the provision in the Bill will mean that the chief constable and commissioner...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Government amendment 52 requires the commissioner to consult the chief constable before issuing or varying the plan. Clause 5 (6)(b) effectively requires the commissioner to consult the chief constable “in preparing the draft plan or variation”. Am I right to think that such a consultation would be on the final draft, before the plan is published? Does that mean that the PCC should...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: As the hon. Gentleman is thinking of pressing amendment 457 to a vote, can he explain whether it was an error or an unintended consequence that his revised drafting means that there would be no consultation on a variation plan?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Schedule 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: The hon. Gentleman makes a powerful case. I want him to think about the numbers, because the panels will generally be made up of 12 members. To have a bare majority would effectively require six with a casting vote, and seven in a simple situation. Two thirds would require only one  extra person to vote that way, which would be eight out of 12, and three quarters would take the threshold to...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Schedule 5 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I want to ask the hon. Gentleman about amendment 497. As I read it, in a committee with a membership of 12, three or four members, depending on how many were present, could block the issuing of a precept proposal. Is that what the hon. Gentleman intends? In general, we have said that a 75% majority would be needed for the panel to block something, but in the amendment, 75% would be needed to...


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