MPs debate Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill

05 December 2012

Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damian Green, introduced the second reading of the Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 5 December 2012.

The Bill passed all its Commons stages and will be introduced into the House of Lords for consideration.

Summary: Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill

This Bill would make two changes to the powers of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

These powers are designed to enable the Commission to investigate allegations against the police in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.

The first would be to require a serving police officer to attend an interview as a witness. Currently officers can only be required to attend if they themselves are the subject of a criminal or misconduct investigation. This new power would be introduced through regulations.
The second new power would be to set aside in "exceptional circumstances", the relevant articles of the Transitional Provisions Order - which set out that certain old cases could not be investigated under the new framework when the IPCC took over from the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) - so that the IPCC could investigate certain old cases where the PCA had already been involved.

Progress of the Bill

The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 22 October 2012.

The Bill went through all its Commons stages under the Fast-Track procedure on 5 December 2012.

It will be introduced into the House of Lords for consideration at a date to be announced.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill and find out how a bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing papers on this Bill.

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