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Police (Complaints)

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what statutory authority he has decided that when the Police Complaints Board overrules a chief officer's decision not to bring disciplinary charges against an accused police officer, and at the ensuing disciplinary tribunal a finding of guilty is made by a majority of two to one, and that minority consists of the chief officer or his deputy sitting as chairman on that tribunal, this fact shall be withheld from the accused and the public.

Section 6(1)(e) of the Police Act 1976 empowers me to make regulations as to the procedure to be followed by disciplinary tribunals under Section 4. Regulation 16(8) of the Police (Discipline) Regulations 1977, which are made under Section 6 of the Police Act 1976 and Section 33 of the Police Act 1964, prescribes that, where a disciplinary tribunal set up under Section 4 of the Police Act 1976 reaches its decision by a majority, this fact shall not be made known in announcing the decision. I made these regulations after consultation with the Police Advisory Board.