HC Deb 03 August 1976 vol 916 c1551

Lords Amendment: No. 1, in page 6, line 37, leave out "or 4(5)" and insert ", 4(5) or 5(2) and (3)"

9.22 p.m.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Dr. Shirley Summer-skill)

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

This is an amendment to Clause 6(1)(h), which empowers the Secretary of State to make regulations for enabling chief officers to delegate any function conferred on them under Section 49 of the Police Act 1964 or under specified clauses of the Bill or under regulations made under Clause 6. Although these various functions are conferred on the chief officer it is often a subordinate who, in practice, carries, or will carry, them out.

Hon. Members will recall that Clause 5(2) and (3), added to the Bill at Report stage in this House, place an additional function on the chief officer, namely, to deal with any request from the board to send on to the Director of Public Prosecutions information that may be relevant to criminal proceedings against a police officer complained of but which the board believe has not been sent to the Director. As this function, too, is likely to be delegated, a reference to Clause 5(2) and (3) should be added to the list of provisions already given in Clause 6(1)(h), so that appropriate regulations may be made. This is largely a technical consequential amendment.

Question put and agreed to.

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