Agenda and minutes

Cheshire Police and Crime Panel - Thursday, 21st July, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH. View directions

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Members are reminded that, in accordance with governance procedure rule at Part 3 paragraph 2.6, Panel Members, or their constituent authority, may nominate substitute members of the Panel in the event that the appointed representative(s) is/are unable to attend the meeting.  Advance notice of substitution should be given to the host authority wherever possible.  Members are encouraged wherever possible to secure the attendance of a substitute if they are unable to be present.


Apologies were received from Cllr Mick Warren (Cheshire East Council) and Cllr Jane Whalen (Warrington Council).


Code of Conduct - Declaration of Interests. Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any disclosable pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest which they have in any item of business on the agenda no later than when the item is reached.


Councillor Denis Murphy noted that he was a member of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Authority.


Public Participation

To receive questions from members of the public. A total period of 15 minutes will be allocated for members of the public to speak at Panel meetings. Each member of the public shall be limited to a period of up to 5 minutes speaking. At the Chair’s discretion the period made available for questions and statements may be extended.


In order that an appropriate answer to the questions can be given, the deadline for indicating a wish to speak or for submission of questions is 3 clear working days before a meeting of the Panel. The Chair has the discretion to waive the 3-day rule for issues deemed to be urgent.


In response to questions or statements the Panel may choose to agree to either provide an agreed verbal response, that will be minuted or to provide a written reply to a questioners chosen address.


Those wishing to ask a question or make a statement should register by email to: send the question or statement by post to:


Cheshire Police and Crime Panel

Democratic Services and Governance

c/o Municipal Buildings

Earle Street




A list of those speaking or asking questions at a meeting of the Panel will be drawn up by the Panel’s Secretariat in order of receipt. Copies of questions and statements will be circulated to all Panel members in advance of the meeting and will be made available to the public attending the meeting. Copies will also be available on the Police and Crime Panel’s page of the Cheshire East Council website.


Nobody may submit more than one question or make more than one statement at the same meeting, but a supplementary question, related to the subject raised in the question /statement, will be permitted for clarification at the discretion of the Chair.


Those speaking or asking questions will not be permitted to address any issue that is the subject of a current or proposed complaint by them against the Police and Crime Commissioner. They are also advised that reference to an issue that could become the subject of a future complaint by them could prejudice the Panel’s consideration of that complaint.


The Panel will not accept a question or statement if:


There is insufficient detail to enable a proper response to be provided.


It is not about a matter for which the Police and Crime Panel has responsibility.


It is potentially defamatory, frivolous or offensive against named individuals.


It is substantially the same question which has been put at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel in the last six months.


It requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.


No members of the public wished to speak at the meeting.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2022.





That the Minutes of the meeting held on 24th June 2022 be approved.


Chair's Announcements pdf icon PDF 525 KB


In advance of the discussion on the Home Office White Paper the Chair of the Panel, Mr Evan Morris MBE, made a short statement, the full text of which is attached to these minutes.


Home Office Initiatives/Consultation pdf icon PDF 492 KB

To consider the current Home Office initiatives which could have an impact on the way in which Police and Crime Panels operate.

Additional documents:


The Panel discussed the Home Secretary’s review into Police and Crime Commissioners, noting her statement to the House of Commons.


A detailed discussion on the White Paper “Reforming our Fire and Rescue Service” took place, with an overall approach being agreed by the Panel. The Secretariat were authorised to compile and submit the response.





That the outcome of the Home Secretary’s review into Police and Crime Commissioners be noted.


That the Panel make a submission to the Home Office consultation on the future of the Fire and Rescue Service, authorising the Secretariat to compile the detail of the submission, finalise the response, and submit this, as appropriate.


The submission made to the Consultation exercise is attached to these Minutes for reference.