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Police and Justice Act 2006

New Section 40B of the 1996 Act: Procedure for directions under section 40 or 40A

115.New section 40B reproduces much of existing section 41B of the 1996 Act, which is repealed by paragraph 29. It provides the Secretary of State with a power to make further provision in regulations as to the procedure to be followed where a proposal is made for the giving of a direction under new section 40A or 40B in relation to a police force or police authority.

116.Subsection (2) of new section 40B provides that before making any regulations, the Secretary of State shall consult with the APA, ACPO and any such other persons as he thinks fit. Such regulations may make different provision for different cases and circumstances (subsection (3) of new section 40B). Regulations made under this section are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure (subsection (4) of new section 40B).

117.Subsection (5) of new section 40B requires the Secretary of State to notify a chief officer of police of a direction issued to the police authority which has responsibility for his force.

118.Subsections (6) and (7) of new section 40B provide that the Secretary of State must lay a copy of the direction, in relation to a force or police authority, and a report about it before Parliament. The report may relate to more than one direction.

119.Paragraph 28 amends section 41 of the 1996 Act to ensure that the power the Secretary of State has under that section to include in a direction to a police authority that its budget requirement for any financial year is not to be less than a specified amount covers a direction under new section 40A as well as under the substituted section 40.

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