Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Committee announce programme

13 January 2011

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Committee Bill will question witnesses next week

The Committee will hear oral evidence on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 January and then consider the Bill every Tuesday and Thursday from that point concluding on Thursday 17 February.

Key areas of the Bill

  • Part 1 of the Bill contains provisions to abolish police authorities (excluding the city of London) and replace them with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.
  • Part 2 amends the Licensing Act 2003 to give licensing authorities, the police, local authorities, and communities a greater say in licensing decisions.
  • Part 3 contains a new legal framework for Parliament Square which aims to prevent encampments and other disruptive activity.
  • Part 4 comprises three sections: the first section enables local authorities to attach powers of seizure and retention of property; the second section introduces powers for the Secretary of State to temporarily control a drug for up to one year by statutory instrument; and section 3 requires the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued on the application of a private prosecutor in respect of offences for which the United Kingdom has asserted universal jurisdiction.

Programme and witnesses

Tuesday 18 January

in the Boothroyd Room Portcullis House

at 10.30am

  • The Association of Police Authorities, Independent Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Police Federation

at 4pm

  • Rick Muir Institute for Public Policy Research, Chief Constable West Midlands Police and Ian Loader Professor of Criminology and Director of Criminology at All Souls College Oxford University

Thursday 20 January

in the Grimond Room Portcullis House

at 9am

  • The Local Government Association, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, The Wine and Spirit Trade Association and the British Beer & Pub Association

at 1pm

  • The Metropolitan Police Service, Liberty and Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions

Line by line scrutiny of the Bill

Committee Room 9, Palace of Westminster

Tuesday 25 January 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 27 January 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 01 February 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 03 February 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 08 February 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 10 February 9.00am and 1.00pm
Tuesday 15 February 10.30am and 4.00pm
Thursday 17 February 9.00am and 1.00pm

The Committee must complete consideration of the Bill no later than 5pm on Thursday 17 February.

These sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms.

It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Timings and room numbers are subject to change.

Further Information

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about oral evidence

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