Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL] — 3 Mar 2003 at 17:11
moved Amendment No. 71:
After Clause 80, insert the following new clause-
"FIREARMS: INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION AND GENERAL DUTY OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
(1) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to facilitate the work of-
(a) police forces in Great Britain,
(b) the Police Service of Northern Ireland,
(c) the National Criminal Intelligence Service, and
(d) the National Crime Squad,
in preventing the unlawful importation of firearms into the United Kingdom by ensuring effective international co-operation between those bodies and other foreign and international law enforcement agencies.
(2) When the Secretary of State is-
(a) preparing a National Policing Plan under section 36A of the Police Act 1996 (c. 16) (national policing plan);
(b) determining objectives for the policing of the areas of all police authorities under section 37 of that Act (setting of objectives for police authorities);
(c) determining objectives for the National Criminal Intelligence Service under section 26 of the Police Act 1997 (setting of objectives);
(d) determining objectives for the National Crime Squad under section 71 of that Act (setting of objectives);
he shall have regard to the desirability of ensuring effective co-operation with foreign and international law enforcement agencies to prevent the unlawful importation of firearms into the United Kingdom."
On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 71) shall be agreed to?
Their Lordships divided: Contents, 69; Not-Contents, 158.
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