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bob watson made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police Authority

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Dear Northumbria Police Authority,

As of now, do you have procedures for members of the public to question the Authority or its Chair at the Authorities meetings over matters of public interest and what are the procedures for such questioning.

If you do not have such a 'question time' do you have an opportunity for the public to raise questions either verbally or in writing.

If you do now allow the public this opportunity granted by other Forces do you also allow supplementary questions.

I am not writing about the trips made by part of the authority to Council areas but at the fullAuthority meeetings in Gateshead.

Also could you advise me as to the nature of the Resources Committee meetings - are they public ( except of course when matters are discussed under Part 2.

Yours faithfully,

bob watson

CS Enquiries.NPA, Northumbria Police Authority

Richard Hall
Service Improvement Officer
Northumbria Police Authority
Direct Tel: 0191 433 2094
Email: [email address]

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CS Enquiries.NPA, Northumbria Police Authority

Mr Bob Watson

My Ref: CC28842
Your Ref:

Date: 18/05/2011

Dear Mr Watson,

Subject: Freedom of Information - Chief Executive Office - Service

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this department/office.


Your request dated 18 May 2011 was received by this department on 18 May
2011. The officer handling your request is Richard Hall.

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20
working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect
to receive your decision by 16 June 2011.

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act,
which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than
the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will
promptly advise you in writing.

Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to
call the contact officer named above to discuss any problems that may
have arisen.

Non reply by us deemed to be a refusal

If you have not heard from us once the allotted time has expired, you
are automatically entitled to appeal to this department for a review of
the matter. This review is a full and new examination of the matter, and
is carried out by a more senior member of staff of this

In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by
writing to Richard Hall of this department/office at the address given
below. You should state that you are appealing because an initial
decision was not sent to you within the time permitted. In that event,
you would normally have 40 days (after the original decision should have
been sent to you) in which time to make the appeal.

Yours sincerely


Richard Hall
Northumbria Police Authority

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CS Enquiries.NPA, Northumbria Police Authority

Dear Mr Watson,

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your letter to this department dated 18 May 2011.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we have formally decided to grant access to the records requested and accordingly they are as follows:

All full Police Authority meetings, including those held in communities, are open to the general public to attend and to listen and observe Police Authority business.

Should members of the public wish to seek further specific information from Northumbria Police Authority, including from any specific issue raised at full Police Authority, they can request information by writing to:

Roger Kelly
Chief Executive,
Northumbria Police Authority
Civic Centre
Regent Street

Resource Management Committee meetings are also open to the public (except when matters are discussed under Part 2). The terms of reference are attached below

Terms of Reference of Resource Management Committee (Monthly)
(a) To monitor the approved revenue budget and capital programme
(b) To approve the Authority's Statement of Accounts and arrange for the audit of the Accounts
(c) To accept on behalf of the Authority, tenders invited in accordance with approved procedures.
(d) To receive periodical statements of 44 accounts under £1,000 which have been written off and consider requests for the writing off of amounts in excess of this sum.
(e) To consider and approve applications for capital and revenue funding prior to submission to the Home Office.
(f) To consider a report before any expenditure is incurred on a scheme in the capital programme where the estimated cost exceeds the amount stated
in European Procurement Directives, including the revenue implications of such expenditure.
(g) (i) To determine proposals to exercise virement where:
(a) The total cost exceeds £250,000; and/or
(b) There are revenue implications in future years, or any financial implications of a capital nature.
(h) To approve the making of contracts for the procurement of goods or materials, services and works and provision for the maintenance thereof, where the estimated
cost exceeds the amount stated in European Procurement Directives.
(i) To review and approve fees and charges.
(j) To monitor the implementation of the
following strategies:-
(i) ICT Strategy
(ii) Estates Strategy
(iii) Procurement Strategy
(iv) Fleet Strategy
(k) To deal with applications for the 45 reinstatement of widows' pensions.
(l) To approve the purchase and/or disposal of property at its open market value as certified by a qualified valuer, with a capital value which exceeds £100,000.
(m) To receive reports, as appropriate, on human resources issues including:
(i) Establishment changes.
(ii) Proposed changes to terms and conditions of employment.
(iii) Updates on national agreements and initiatives.
(iv) Updates on local agreements / arrangements and initiatives.
(v) Responses to consultation documents relating to employee matters.
(vi) Police Officers and Police Staff sickness management information.
(n) To monitor the Authority's Efficiency Statement.
(o) To consider decisions in relation to the CCTV strategy throughout the force.
(p) To monitor the work of the North East Air Support Unit Joint Advisory Group.

The information provided in response to your request is copyright Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Tanya Rossington, Information Rights Officer, Legal and Corporate Services, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. You may be required to pay a fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please contact me.

Richard Hall
Northumbria Police Authority

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