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(c)    

an enactment contained in, or in an instrument made under, Northern

 

Ireland legislation.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  9,  page  72,  line  28,  leave out paragraph (f) and insert—

 

‘(f)    

a health and social care body mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e) of

 

section 1(5) of the Health and Social Care (Reform) Act (Northern

 

Ireland) 2009.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

54

 

Schedule  9,  page  73,  line  44,  after ‘offenders,’ insert—

 

‘(ba)    

to assist in the prevention and detection of errors and inaccuracies,’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

55

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  4,  leave out ‘paragraphs (a) and (b)’ and insert

 

‘paragraph (a)’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

56

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  10,  leave out paragraph 5.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

57

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  29,  leave out paragraph 7.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

105

 

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Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  34,  leave out paragraph 10 and insert—

 

‘10      

In section 25(2) (coordination of inspections: persons to whom the section

 

applies), for paragraph (a) substitute—

 

“(a)    

an inspector or assistant inspector appointed under section

 

10(1) or (2);”’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

58

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  36,  leave out ‘and (3A)’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

59

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  36,  leave out ‘and Auditor General for Wales’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

60

 

Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  38,  leave out ‘Auditor General for Wales’ and insert

 

‘Wales Audit Office’.


 
 

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Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  10,  page  75,  line  39,  leave out from ‘(3)(a)’ to end of line 40.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  40,  page  27,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(fa)    

regulations under section [Appointment of auditor by specified person]

 

(appointment of auditor by specified person),’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  41,  page  28,  line  44,  leave out from ‘auditor”’ to end of line 45 and insert

 

‘has the meaning given by section 4(1)(b);’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  41,  page  29,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘“parish meeting” means a parish meeting of a parish which does not have

 

a separate parish council;’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Clause  41,  page  29,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Any function conferred or imposed on a parish meeting under or by virtue of this

 

Act, other than a function expressly conferred on the parish meeting itself, is

 

exercisable by the chairman of the parish meeting acting on behalf of the

 

authority.’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  81,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘Transport Act 1985 (c. 67)

 

12A(1)  

Section 76 of the Transport Act 1985 (audit of accounts of public transport

 

companies) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

For subsection (1) substitute—

 

“(1A)  

In a case where a public transport company’s controlling authority

 

are—

 

(a)    

a county council or county borough council in Wales, or


 
 

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(b)    

a composite authority of which both or all the constituent

 

councils are county councils or county borough councils in

 

Wales,

 

            

it shall be the duty of the controlling authority to exercise their

 

control over that company so as to ensure that the company

 

appoints as auditors of the company only persons who, in addition

 

to meeting the requirements of Part 42 of the Companies Act 2006

 

(statutory auditors), are approved for appointment as such auditors

 

by the Auditor General for Wales.

 

    (1B)  

In any other case, it shall be the duty of a public transport

 

company’s controlling authority to exercise their control over that

 

company so as to ensure that the company appoints as auditors of

 

the company only persons who meet the requirements of Part 42 of

 

the Companies Act 2006 (statutory auditors).”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (2), after “(1)” insert “or (as the case may be) (1A)”.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  82,  line  24,  leave out from first ‘the’ to end of line 25 and insert

 

‘definitions of “the first financial year” and “financial year” and insert—

 

““financial year” means—

 

(a)    

the period commencing with the date on which the corporation is

 

established and ending with the second 31st March following

 

that date, and

 

(b)    

each successive period of twelve months.”’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  84,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘Local Government Act 1999 (c. 27)

 

33A(1)  

Section 23 of the Local Government Act 1999 (accounts of best value

 

authorities) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (4) omit paragraph (a).

 

      (3)  

In subsection (7) for “an auditor appointed by the Audit Commission”

 

substitute “a local auditor appointed in accordance with the Local Audit and

 

Accountability Act 2013 or provision made under it”.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  88,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘50A (1)  

Section 100 (exercise of powers by reference to authorities’ performance

 

categories) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

Omit subsections (1) and (2).

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3), for “those powers” substitute “certain powers”.

 

      (4)  

Omit subsections (4) to (8).’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  88,  line  33,  leave out paragraph 58 and insert—

 

‘58(1)  

Section 62 (co-operation) is amended as follows.


 
 

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      (2)  

Omit paragraph (b).

 

      (3)  

In the heading (in its original form and as substituted by paragraph 61(3) of

 

Schedule 4 to the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2013) omit “, Audit

 

Commission”.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  89,  line  3,  leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

at the end of paragraph (a) insert “and”,’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

109

 

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Schedule  12,  page  89,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

in paragraph (b) omit “in the case of an order containing a scheme

 

within paragraph 1(1)(a),”, and’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  89,  line  8,  leave out ‘to the Auditor General for Wales by’ and

 

insert ‘in accordance with’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  99,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(za)    

section 95(4) of the Traffic Management Act 2004;’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  99,  line  25,  after first ‘(b)’ insert ‘paragraph 14 of Schedule 1

 

and’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  99,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(ba)    

section 31(2) of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006;’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

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Schedule  12,  page  99,  line  27,  after ‘of’ insert ‘and paragraph 5(6) of Schedule 14

 

to’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

70

 

Schedule  12,  page  99,  line  29,  leave out ‘52 and 55’ and insert ‘9 and 52’.

 



 
 

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Clause  47,  page  31,  line  40,  leave out subsection (2).

 


 

New Clause

 

Appointment of auditor by specified person

 

Brandon Lewis

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection

 

with the appointment, by a person (an “appointing person”) specified by the

 

Secretary of State, of a local auditor to audit the accounts of a relevant authority

 

to which the regulations apply.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

make provision about the persons that may be specified as an appointing

 

person;

 

(b)    

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

 

appointing person’s specification to come to an end in prescribed

 

circumstances;

 

(c)    

make provision about the consequences of an appointing person’s

 

specification coming to an end, including—

 

(i)    

for the exercise of functions by the Secretary of State, and

 

(ii)    

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

 

virtue of the regulations to the Secretary of State or another

 

appointing person;

 

(d)    

confer functions on an appointing 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;

 

(e)    

require an appointing person to consult prescribed persons before

 

exercising prescribed functions.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

make provision about the relevant authorities to which the arrangements

 

under the regulations 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 procedures to be followed in relation to opting

 

into or out of those arrangements;

 

(c)    

impose duties on relevant authorities to which those arrangements apply,

 

including duties as to—

 

(i)    

the payment of fees to the appointing person in respect of an

 

audit carried out by a local auditor appointed by that person, and

 

(ii)    

the provision of information to the appointing person.


 
 

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(4)    

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

 

(3)(c)(i) may, in particular—

 

(a)    

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

 

specified by the appointing person, and

 

(b)    

provide for the payment in prescribed circumstances of a larger or

 

smaller fee than is specified by the appropriate scale.

 

(5)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision about the

 

functions of a local auditor appointed by an appointing person.

 

(6)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision for the

 

appointment of a local auditor of the accounts of a relevant authority to which

 

arrangements made by the regulations apply where the appointing person does

 

not make an appointment under the regulations.

 

(7)    

Provision made by regulations under subsection (1) by virtue of subsection (6)

 

may, in particular, provide for the appointment to be made by the authority or the

 

Secretary of State.

 

(8)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular provide—

 

(a)    

for any provision of, or made under, Part 3 of this Act not to apply, or to

 

apply with modifications, in relation to a relevant authority to which

 

regulations under that subsection apply;

 

(b)    

for any other provision of, or made under, this Act not to apply, or to

 

apply with modifications, in consequence of provision made by

 

regulations under that subsection.

 

(9)    

Subsection (8) applies to a provision of or made under this Act even if it makes

 

specific provision about a relevant authority to which the regulations apply.

 

(10)    

In this section “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under subsection

 

(1).’.

 

 

Order of the House [28 October 2013]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Local Audit and Accountability Bill

 

[Lords]:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 21 November 2013.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.


 
 

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Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the

 

Lords) may be programmed.

 


 
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