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Police and Justice Act 2006

New section 40A of the Police Act 1996: Power to give directions in relation to police authority

108.New section 40A of the 1996 Act is in similar terms to new section 40.

109.Subsections (1) and (2) of new section 40A provide the same intervention trigger as that for directions in relation to police forces. Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that a police authority is failing to discharge any of its functions effectively, whether generally or in particular respects, or where he is of the view that a police authority will so fail unless remedial measures are taken, he may direct the police authority to take specified measures to remedy that failure or to prevent that failure, as the case may be.

110.Subsection (3) provides that directions to police authorities may specify the submission to the Secretary of State of an action plan setting out the measures which are intended to remedy the failure in question or (as the case may be) prevent such a failure occurring.

111.Subsections (4) and (5) of new section 40A provide the same opportunity for police authorities to be given the relevant information and make representations and remedial measures as are set out for police forces in new section 40(4) and (5).

112.Subsection (6) of new section 40A provides that the Secretary of State must, before directing specified measures under subsection (1) or (2), make Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary aware of the matters which give rise to the need for the direction and provide Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary with an opportunity to make written observations which will be published in such a manner that the Secretary of State feels appropriate.

113.Subsection (7) of new section 40A requires that a police authority that is given a direction under this section shall comply with it.

114.Subsection (8) of new section 40A confirms that the Secretary of State may exercise his powers under both new section 40 and new section 40A in respect of the same or different matters and at the same time or at different times.

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