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(1)The Secretary of State may—
(i)provide and maintain facilities and services; or
(ii)establish and maintain institutions and organisations; or
(b)contribute, by way of financial assistance, grant or otherwise, to—
(i)the provision and maintenance of facilities and services; or
(ii)the establishment and maintenance of institutions and organisations,
where he considers that to do so is necessary or expedient for promoting the efficiency or effectiveness of the police.
(2)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for requiring all police forces in Scotland to use specified facilities or services, or facilities or services of a specified description (whether or not provided under subsection (1) above), if he considers that it would be in the interests of the efficiency or effectiveness of the police for them to do so.
(3)The Secretary of State may recover from police authorities and joint police boards the whole or any part of any expenditure which he incurs under subsection (1) above and, for that purpose, he may—
(a)fix charges to be paid to him in respect of the use by police forces of any facilities or services such as are mentioned in subsection (1) above; and
(b)determine amounts to be paid to him by police authorities and joint police boards, and he may determine different amounts in respect of different police authorities and joint police boards.
(4)Before exercising the powers conferred by any of subsections (1) to (3) above the Secretary of State shall consult the Joint Central Committee and such bodies or associations as appear to him to be representative of police authorities or of chief constables or superintendents.
(5)Any sum due by a police authority or joint police board to the Secretary of State under this section—
(a)may be deducted by him from the amount of police grant payable to that authority or board under section 32 of this Act; or
(b)failing such deduction, shall be defrayed in like manner as other expenses incurred for the purposes of this Act by that authority or board.]
[F2(7)The Secretary of State shall consult the Police Information Technology Organisation before making regulations under this section relating to information technology.
(8)In subsection (7) of this section “information technology” includes any computer or other technology by means of which information or other matter may be recorded or communicated without being reduced to documentary form.]
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