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Police and Justice Act 2006

Schedule 8: Further provision about crime and disorder committees of certain local authorities

201.This Schedule makes provision, corresponding to that made by section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000, about crime and disorder committees of local authorities not operating executive arrangements under Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000.

202.Paragraph 2 limits the functions of crime and disorder committees to those set out under section 19, or this Schedule. However, there is no requirement on a local authority to set up a separate committee. If there is one committee including crime and disorder in a range of functions, then this limitation operates on the committee in its capacity as a crime and disorder committee.

203.Paragraph 3 enables the crime and disorder committee to set up one or more sub-committees and arrange for the discharge of any of its functions by any such sub-committee.

204.Paragraph 4 enables any member of a crime and disorder committee or sub-committee to ensure that any relevant matter is put on the agenda and discussed at a meeting of the committee.

205.Paragraph 5 allows crime and disorder committees or sub-committees to co-opt people who are not members of the authority. However, in general, such co-optees will not have voting rights.

206.Paragraph 6 allows a crime and disorder committee to require officers and members of the local authority to appear before it. It is also allowed to invite any other person to appear before it.

207.Paragraphs 7 to 9 set out how relevant legislation will apply to crime and disorder committees.

208.Paragraphs 10 to 12 enable the Common Council of the City of London to use its existing committee structure, rather than to have to set up a bespoke crime and disorder committee.  The Common Council of the City of London will therefore be able to act as both the local authority and the crime and disorder committee. The City of London currently operates a number of committees which scrutinise different aspects of community safety in the square mile in the same way as the crime and disorder committee will in under the new provisions. The Common Council will be able to delegate the functions to several of its existing committees as it does at the present, rather than establishing a new committee.

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