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Part 2U.K.Regulation of surveillance

CHAPTER 1E+WRegulation of CCTV and other surveillance camera technology

Enforcement and CommissionerE+W

33Effect of codeE+W

(1)A relevant authority must have regard to the surveillance camera code when exercising any functions to which the code relates.

(2)A failure on the part of any person to act in accordance with any provision of the surveillance camera code does not of itself make that person liable to criminal or civil proceedings.

(3)The surveillance camera code is admissible in evidence in any such proceedings.

(4)A court or tribunal may, in particular, take into account a failure by a relevant authority to have regard to the surveillance camera code in determining a question in any such proceedings.

(5)In this section “relevant authority” means—

(a)a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972,

(b)the Greater London Authority,

(c)the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local authority,

(d)the Sub-Treasurer of the Inner Temple or the Under-Treasurer of the Middle Temple, in their capacity as a local authority,

(e)the Council of the Isles of Scilly,

(f)a parish meeting constituted under section 13 of the Local Government Act 1972,

(g)a police and crime commissioner,

(h)the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime,

(i)the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a police authority,

(j)any chief officer of a police force in England and Wales,

(k)any person specified or described by the Secretary of State in an order made by statutory instrument.

(6)An order under subsection (5) may, in particular—

(a)restrict the specification or description of a person to that of the person when acting in a specified capacity or exercising specified or described functions,

(b)contain transitional, transitory or saving provision.

(7)So far as an order under subsection (5) contains a restriction of the kind mentioned in subsection (6)(a) in relation to a person, the duty in subsection (1) applies only to the person in that capacity or (as the case may be) only in relation to those functions.

(8)Before making an order under subsection (5) in relation to any person or description of persons, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)such persons appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of the views of the person or persons in relation to whom the order may be made as the Secretary of State considers appropriate,

(b)[F1the National Police Chiefs’ Council] ,

(c)the Information Commissioner,

(d)[F2the Investigatory Powers Commissioner] ,

(e)the Surveillance Camera Commissioner,

(f)the Welsh Ministers, and

(g)such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(9)No instrument containing an order under subsection (5) is to be made unless a draft of it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(10)If a draft of an instrument containing an order under subsection (5) would, apart from this subsection, be treated as a hybrid instrument for the purposes of the standing orders of either House of Parliament, it is to proceed in that House as if it were not a hybrid instrument.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 33(8)(b) substituted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 3.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), s. 183(1)(5)(e), Sch. 14 paras. 6, 7(h); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 2, Sch. para. 41

Commencement Information

I1S. 33 in force at 1.7.2012 by S.I. 2012/1205, art. 3(e)