Clause 32 - Powers of community support officers

Anti-social Behaviour Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am ar 13 Mai 2003.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Amendment proposed [this day]: No. 173, in

clause 32, page 26, line 4, leave out subsection (2).—[Mrs. Brooke.]

Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.

Photo of Mr Bill O'Brien Mr Bill O'Brien Llafur, Normanton 2:30, 13 Mai 2003

I remind the Committee that with this we are taking the following:

Amendment No. 174, in

clause 32, page 26, line 7, leave out subsection (3).

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I was about to conclude my comments on the Liberal Democrat amendment by saying that individual chief police officers will have to decide in each case whether to designate community support officers with the powers, as they do for designating CSOs with any other powers. The chief police officer will therefore have to ensure that the person designated is comfortable with the designation and has had the appropriate training to be able to exercise the powers that we seek to give them. In the light of my explanations, I hope that the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Mrs. Brooke) will be prepared to withdraw the amendment.

Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

I thank the Minister for his answer, which has provided some reassurance. I am pleased, however, to have been able to put down a marker about my general concern about community support officers being put into difficult situations. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 32 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 33 and 34 ordered to stand part of the Bill.