On 25 April 2012, Labour MP Wayne David led an adjournment debate on elections for police and crime commissioners.
Elections for new police and crime commissioners will be held in 42 areas in England and Wales on 15 November 2012.
The elections, part of the biggest shake-up of policing in England and Wales for almost 50 years, will herald the end of police authorities which were established in 1964 to hold chief constables to account.
Powers to set police force budgets and policing priorities, and hire and fire chief constables, will be transferred to a single individual, directly elected in each force area.
Known as a police and crime commissioner (PCC), the individual will also have powers to commission local crime reduction, community safety and victims' services.