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(1)For the purposes of this Part, each of the following is a partner authority in relation to a responsible local authority—
(a)any person mentioned in subsection (2) who acts or is established for an area which, or any part of which, coincides with or falls within the responsible local authority’s area;
(b)the person mentioned in subsection (3).
(2)The persons referred to in subsection (1)(a) are—
(a)any district council which is not a responsible local authority;
(b)a police authority;
(c)a chief officer of police;
(d)an Integrated Transport Authority for an integrated transport area in England;
(e)Transport for London;
(f)a Strategic Health Authority;
(g)a Primary Care Trust;
(h)a youth offending team established under section 39 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
(3)The person referred to in subsection (1)(b) is the Secretary of State, but only in relation to—
(a)the Secretary of State’s functions under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973 (arrangements with respect to obtaining etc. employment or employees);
(b)the Secretary of State’s functions under sections 2 and 3 of the Offender Management Act 2007 (responsibility for ensuring provision of probation services throughout England and Wales).
(4)The Secretary of State’s functions under this Part as a partner authority of a local authority in relation to the functions referred to in subsection (3)(b) are functions to which section 2(1)(c) of the Offender Management Act 2007 (functions to be performed through arrangements under section 3 of that Act) applies.
(5)In subsection (1)(a), references to the area for which a person acts or is established are references—
(a)in the case of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, to the metropolitan police district (within the meaning of the Police Act 1996);
(b)in the case of the Commissioner of the City of London Police, to the City of London police area (within the meaning of that Act);
(c)in the case of any other chief officer of police, to the police area listed in Schedule 1 to that Act for which the chief officer’s police force is maintained;
(d)in the case of Transport for London, to Greater London.
(6)The Secretary of State may by order—
(i)adding to it any person who has functions of a public nature;
(ii)removing from it any person for the time being mentioned in it; or
(iii)adding to subsection (3) any function of the Secretary of State or removing from it any function for the time being mentioned in it; and
(b)make such other amendments of this section as appear to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient in consequence of provision made under paragraph (a).
(7)Before making an order under subsection (6) the Secretary of State must consult such representatives of local government and such other persons (if any) as the Secretary of State thinks fit.
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