Results 181–200 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Browning

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful, too. I turn to Amendment 10. I hope that the response of the Government to the very public developments over the past few days with regard to the Metropolitan Police Service indicates that the necessary powers are already in existence to achieve what I believe the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Henig, seeks to place in the Bill. The Home Secretary has a power, as we have...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: Amendment 11 would require the Secretary of State to justify the need for police and crime commissioners, the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and chief officers of police to be corporations sole, and for the chief finance officers employed by chief officers to be subject to the local government legislation that currently applies to police authority treasurers. The Secretary of State...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: We considered that because, as I have outlined, there is a structured consultation in respect of the protocol and any amendments to the protocol that may come forward later, but the purpose of this is to put it in the statute for the Secretary of State. We believe that we have got the balance right in terms of parliamentary consideration of it. I beg to move. Amendment 10 (to Amendment 9)...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the Bill ensures that direction and control of the police force remains with the chief constable and that the functions of PCCs in securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective force and holding the chief constable to account are the same as the functions of the police authorities at present. There is nothing in the Bill that would allow a PCC to compromise the operational...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, Amendments 5, 6 and 7 change the powers of the Secretary of State to make secondary legislation in relation to elections. The Bill, as currently drafted, allows provision to be made about the registration of political parties, candidates' spending limits and spending limits for political parties. Amendments 5 and 6 amend those powers to ensure that the Secretary of State can make...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, this amendment, as with similar amendments at Report stage, seeks to secure the appointment of an acting PCC from the police and crime panel rather than the PCC staff. I want to make it clear that the Government accept that this is a important area and one that we must get right. I am aware that the Opposition disagree with the Government's proposals, but I continue to believe that...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: The answer is no. I have also been informed that the relevant provision is paragraph 199 of Schedule 16, if the noble Baroness wishes to look at it.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, a key principle underlying the reforms outlined in the Bill is to hand over responsibility for all decisions relating to the running of a police force to the chief constable or, in this case, the commissioner. This includes the selection and appointment of officers for senior posts. The Government believe that these appointments are key to the effective running of the police force...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: The noble Baroness, Lady O'Loan, is quite right, there is an elected mayor; but we are making some changes. PCCs will be elected around the country, and the mayor is elected, but the MPA is still in place, as it always has been, in its current form. The Bill makes some changes to that structure.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I knew that I was going to provoke the noble Lord.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, I am sure that I do not need to remind the noble Lord and the House that he is a Home Secretary-appointment to the MPA and, as I understand it, at the moment he is in charge. I am not being personal-I am saying this in general terms-but clearly the current system is not working. We have seen that in the seriousness of what happened in the Met and what is continuing to be...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, there is absolutely no guarantee that PCCs will necessarily be party politicians-although they can be, of course. I think that it would be welcome on all sides of the House to get the best person for the job regardless of party. That is what people have usually looked for in jobs such as this across the public sector. Many people in this House will have had very responsible jobs in...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to my noble friend because I was about to turn to the amendment that she and my noble friend Lord Shipley tabled. The intention of Amendment 13 is for panels to include specific provision in their arrangements for substitutes or deputies where a panel member cannot attend proceedings, and provision for the quorum for a meeting of the panel. This was an issue discussed during...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I understand that point and it is certainly something that we will look at in terms of regulations. At the moment, I cannot say how that will be described. Perhaps I may come back to my noble friend Lady Hamwee's point and concerns. I have to say to my noble friend that we feel that the Bill as drafted and amended provides the checks and balances that she is asking for.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: Did the noble Lord say 20 or 22?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, between us the noble Lord and I make a great team. I was concluding my remarks to my noble friend Lady Hamwee. I know that she will find this a disappointing answer, but we believe that her concerns are addressed in the Bill. Amendment 1 agreed. Clause 29 : Police and crime panels outside London Amendment 2 Moved by Baroness Browning 2: Clause 29, page 22, line 16, at end insert-...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I beg to move. Amendment 3 (to Amendment 2) Moved by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath 3: Clause 29, line 3, leave out "supporting the effective exercise of the functions of the police and crime commissioner for that" and insert "upholding the integrity, impartiality and effectiveness of the police force for that police"

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way; I did not pick up on this point. I would point out that, despite perceptions, the current mayor has not fired anyone and does not currently have the power to do so. It is the Metropolitan Police Authority that has the power to dismiss the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. It was suggested that the mayor was responsible for the resignation...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: My Lords, the Government are clearly reflecting on the events of the past few days-that is what the Statement which will follow Third Reading will seek to address, as of course did the Home Secretary's Statement which was read in this House on Monday. We have had a detailed analysis of the Bill, but I am not at this stage going to pre-empt what the other place will make of the changes that...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Third Reading (20 Jul 2011)

Baroness Browning: The noble Baroness and I have, in the course of our debates and deliberations, exchanged stats on various polls. Certainly, the Bill has sought at all stages to strengthen that accountability of the PCC, and I am very grateful to Members on all sides of the House in this. In particular, we have brought forward amendments at Report stage which strengthen the panel, so that the PCC can be held...


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