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Police

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) legislation and (b) statutory instruments which regulate police discipline; what changes have been made to each since their enactment; what further amendments are planned; and if he will make a statement. (98281)

The information is as follows:

Primary legislation

(a) Police Act 1996 (1996 c.16) as amended by the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2001 and the Greater London Authority Act 1999

(b) Police Reform Act 2002 (2002 c.30) as amended by the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (main amendments relate to the introduction of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the introduction of a new category of matter to be referred to the IPCC (alongside complaints and conduct matters) namely a death or serious injury matter. NB The amendments to secondary legislation are also largely consequential on these provisions.)

Secondary legislation

(a) Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/645) as amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Consequential and Supplementary Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/594)

(b) Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/643) as amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Powers of Arrest) (Consequential Amendments) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/3389), the Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/1406) and S.I. 2006/594 (see aforementioned for title)

(c) Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 1999 (S.I. 1999/818) as amended by S.I. 2006/594 (see aforementioned for title)

(d) Independent Police Complaints Commission (Transitional Provisions) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/671)

Work is currently in progress to reform the police disciplinary system. Any changes made will be regulated by legislation.