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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Friday 1 November 2013

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The amendments have been arranged in accordance with the motion to be

 

proposed by Brandon Lewis.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely, Clause 1,

 

Schedule 1, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 3 to 7, Schedule 3, Clauses 8 and 9, Schedule

 

4, Clauses 10 to 17, Schedule 5, Clause 18, Schedule 6, Clauses 19 to 23, Schedule 7,

 

Clauses 24 to 28, Schedule 8, Clause 29 to 32, Schedule 9, Clause 33, Schedule 10,

 

Clauses 34 and 35, Schedule 11, Clauses 36 to 42, Schedule 12, Clauses 43 and 44,

 

Schedule 13, Clauses 45 to 47, new Clauses, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on

 

the Bill.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

72

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

Before this section is commenced, the Secretary of State shall, by regulations, put

 

into effect arrangements for relevant authorities to opt into arrangements for

 

national procurement of external audit.’.


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

73

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

Before this section is commenced, the Secretary of State shall, by regulations, put

 

into effect arrangements for integrated audit which enables auditors to work

 

across authorities and with the National Audit Office, where national and local

 

funding is being used jointly.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

74

 

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Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The scheme would ensure that the benefit of any local government retained

 

earning existing immediately prior to the abolition date accrue to the local

 

government sector.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

75

 

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Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Contracts currently held by the Audit Commission that last until 2017 will be

 

transferred to a sector-led joint procurement body.

 

(2B)    

Audit Commission tools for the purposes of making value for money

 

comparisons will be transferred to the National Audit Office.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

76

 

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Clause  2,  page  2,  line  9,  after ‘regulations’, insert ‘, but only after consultation with

 

such persons as may be affected by any changes,’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

1

 

Schedule  2,  page  37,  line  16,  leave out from ‘meeting’ to end of line.


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

77

 

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Schedule  2,  page  38,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘30      

A Local Enterprise Partnership.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

79

 

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Clause  3,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

78

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  13,  after ‘accounts’, insert ‘, but only after consultation with

 

relevant persons as may be affected by any changes’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

2

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  22,  after ‘Act’ insert ‘and provision made under it’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

3

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  23,  leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

 

‘(b)    

by an auditor (a “local auditor”) appointed in accordance with this Act or

 

provision made under it.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

80

 

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Clause  4,  page  3,  line  23,  at end insert ‘or by a procurement body of which an

 

authority may be a member’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

4

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  24,  leave out subsection (2).

 



 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

86

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before this section is commenced, the Secretary of State shall, by regulations, put

 

into effect arrangements for smaller authorities to opt into the national

 

procurement of external audit.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

5

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Subsection (2) applies to a provision of or made under this Act even if it makes

 

specific provision about a smaller authority to which the regulations apply.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

6

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  9,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a local’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

7

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

make provision about the persons that may be specified by the Secretary

 

of State;’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

8

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  18,  leave out paragraph (d) and insert—

 

‘(d)    

confer functions on a specified person, including in relation to—

 

(i)    

the appointment of local auditors under the regulations,

 

(ii)    

the activities of such auditors, and

 

(iii)    

the resignation or removal from office of such auditors;’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

9

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  21,  leave out from ‘consult’ to end of line 23 and insert ‘such

 

persons as are specified in the regulations before exercising specified functions.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

10

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

make provision for the appointment of a local auditor in relation to the

 

accounts of a smaller authority to which arrangements within paragraph

 

(a) apply where the specified person does not make an appointment under

 

the regulations (and in particular for such an appointment to be made by

 

the authority or the Secretary of State).’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

11

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  28,  leave out paragraphs (b) and (c) and insert—

 

‘(b)    

make provision about the procedures to be followed in relation to opting

 

into or out of those arrangements;


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(c)    

impose duties on smaller authorities to which those arrangements apply,

 

including duties as to—

 

(i)    

the payment of fees to a specified person, and

 

(ii)    

the provision of information to a specified person;

 

(d)    

make provision for the making of payments, in specified circumstances

 

and by the smaller authorities to which those arrangements apply, to a

 

fund of specified kind for the purposes of meeting local auditors’ costs of

 

a specified kind.

 

(4A)    

Provision made by regulations under subsection (1) by virtue of subsection

 

(4)(c)(i) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

provide for fees to be paid in accordance with a scale or scales of fees

 

determined by a specified person, and

 

(b)    

provide for the payment in specified circumstances of a larger or smaller

 

fee than is set out in the appropriate scale.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

87

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  30,  leave out paragraph (c).

 

Brandon Lewis

 

12

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  35,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a local’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

13

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  37,  leave out ‘audit of such accounts’ and insert ‘functions of

 

a local auditor in relation to the accounts of a smaller authority’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

88

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  13,  leave out ‘year’ and insert ‘previous three years’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

89

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  14,  leave out ‘year’ and insert ‘previous three years’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

90

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  25,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

The value for which an authority is categorised shall be reviewed three years after

 

this Bill receives Royal Assent and every five years following.

 

(7)    

The Secretary of State shall publish the conclusions of reviews undertaken in

 

accordance with subsection (6).’.


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

91

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  25,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

The Secretary of State will give one year’s notice to authorities before changes to

 

provision made by regulations under subsection (4).’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

14

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  29,  leave out ‘an auditor (a “local auditor”)’ and insert ‘a

 

local auditor’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

92

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  39,  after ‘auditor’, insert ‘except where the auditor has been

 

appointed for two terms served consecutively.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

94

 

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Clause  7,  page  6,  line  18,  at end add—

 

‘(9)    

Where two or more relevant authorities have substantial integrated or shared

 

services or expenditure, auditors for each relevant authority may be instructed

 

under their contract to produce a joint audit or appoint one auditor as a lead

 

auditor.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

95

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  18,  at end add—

 

‘(9)    

Where two or more relevant authorities have substantial integrated or shared

 

services or expenditure with a body audited by the National Audit Office,

 

arrangements may be made to produce joint audits between the relevant

 

authorities and the National Audit Office.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

93

 

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Clause  7,  page  6,  line  19,  at end add—

 

‘(9)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations—

 

(a)    

provide for the appointment, by a person specified by the Secretary of

 

State, of an auditor in relation to the audit of the accounts of a relevant

 

authority;

 

(b)    

make provision about the procedure for specifying a person and for a

 

person’s specification to come to an end in specified circumstances;

 

(c)    

make provision about the consequences of a person’s specification

 

coming to an end, including for the exercise of functions by the Secretary

 

of State and the transfer of the person’s rights and liabilities arising by


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

virtue of the regulations to the Secretary of State or another specified

 

person;

 

(d)    

confer functions on a specified person, including power to specify a scale

 

or scales of fees to be payable by relevant authorities to which

 

arrangements within paragraph (a) apply;

 

(e)    

require a specified person to consult relevant authorities, relevant

 

authorities of a specified description or representatives of relevant

 

authorities before specifying a scale or scales of fees.

 

(10)    

Regulations under subsection (9) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

make provision about the relevant authorities to which arrangements

 

within subsection (9)(a) apply, including provision for them to apply to

 

an authority that has opted into them or has not opted out of them;

 

(b)    

make provision about the procedure by which an authority may opt into

 

or out of those arrangements;

 

(c)    

make provision about the administration of those arrangements,

 

including for the making of payments in specified circumstances by the

 

relevant authorities to which they apply to a fund of a specified kind for

 

the purposes of meeting auditors’ costs of a specified kind.’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

15

 

Schedule  3,  page  38,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

A local auditor appointed to audit the accounts of a parish meeting must be

 

appointed by the parish meeting itself (and not by its chairman on behalf of the

 

parish meeting).’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

96

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A relevant authority must have an audit committee, which may be instructed by

 

the relevant authority to appoint the auditor panel to advise on the selection of the

 

local auditor in accordance with section (7).’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

97

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and the term of appointment’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

98

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  33,  leave out paragraph (b).


 
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