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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Wednesday 11 December 2013

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

1405-06

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [Lords]

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

6

 

Clause  41,  page  30,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(13A)    

Subsections (14) to (16) apply (and subsections (18) to (20) do not apply) if, in

 

accordance with section 49(2A), this section comes into force on the day on

 

which this Act is passed.’.

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

7

 

Clause  41,  page  30,  line  37,  after ‘may’, insert ‘, in particular,’.

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

8

 

Clause  41,  page  31,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(17)    

Subsections (18) to (20) apply (and subsections (14) to (16) do not apply) if this

 

section comes into force on a day appointed by the Secretary of State by order

 

under section 49(2A).

 

(18)    

Section 52ZC of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies with the

 

following modifications to the determination of a set of principles for the

 

financial year beginning with 1 April 2015.

 

(19)    

The Secretary of State may, in particular, determine categories of authority for

 

that financial year—

 

(a)    

on the basis of whether an authority’s relevant basic amount of council

 

tax for the financial year beginning with 1 April 2013 would have been

 

excessive if that amount for that year and for the immediately preceding

 

financial year had been determined under section 52ZX of the Local

 

Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by this section,

 

(b)    

on the basis of whether an authority’s relevant basic amount of council

 

tax for the financial year beginning with 1 April 2014 would have been

 

excessive if that amount for that year and for the immediately preceding

 

financial year had been determined under that section as so amended, or


 
 

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(c)    

on the basis set out in paragraph (a) and on the basis set out in paragraph

 

(b).

 

(20)    

In subsection (3)(b) of section 52ZC the reference to an authority’s relevant basic

 

amount of council tax for the financial year immediately preceding the year under

 

consideration is to the amount that would have been calculated by the authority

 

for that year under section 52ZX of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 if

 

the amendments made to it by this section had been in force for that year.’.

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

9

 

Clause  49,  page  36,  line  3,  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘to’.

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

10

 

Clause  49,  page  36,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

If this Act is passed before 5 February 2014, section 41 comes into force on the

 

day on which this Act is passed; otherwise that section comes into force on such

 

day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint.’.

 

Secretary Eric Pickles

 

11

 

Clause  49,  page  36,  line  8,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Andy Sawford

 

12

 

Schedule  2,  page  43,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘30      

A Local Enterprise Partnership.’.

 

Integrated audit

 

Andy Sawford

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Before section 1 of this Act is brought into force, 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.’.

 

Transparency of audit

 

Andy Sawford

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A local auditor has a right of access at all reasonable times to audit documents

 

from private companies to whom the local authority has contracted significant

 

services during the last financial year.

 

(2)    

Local auditors only have a right of access to audit documents from private

 

companies, under subsection (1), that relate to the service provided to the local

 

authority by that company.


 
 

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(3)    

A local auditor must make available on request any audit documents, obtained

 

under subsection (1), subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act

 

2000.

 

(4)    

In this section “private company” shall be interpreted to mean any legal entity,

 

including joint ventures, not-for-profit organisations, mutually-held

 

organisations and charities.

 

(5)    

Five years after the coming into force of this section, the Secretary of State must

 

commission and publish a review of the effectiveness of subsections (1) to (3) and

 

of the costs to local auditors, private companies and local authorities arising from

 

it.

 

(6)    

The meaning of “significant” and “terms of qualification” shall be set out by

 

regulations.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

13

 

Clause  20,  page  15,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

A person providing commercial or consultancy services to an authority may not

 

audit those services.

 

(8)    

The audit of any commercial or consultancy services provided by a person

 

appointed as a local auditor must be subcontracted to a different local auditor.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

14

 

Clause  39,  page  26,  line  11,  leave out ‘one or more specified local authorities’ and

 

insert ‘a local authority’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

15

 

Clause  39,  page  26,  line  25,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

A direction can only be made by the Secretary of State if—

 

(a)    

evidence of a breach of a code has been published by the Secretary of

 

State to the local authority;

 

(b)    

a local authority, on receipt of a letter from the Secretary of State

 

notifying them of evidence which purports to demonstrate a breach of the

 

code has made a response to the Secretary of State within 28 days; and

 

(c)    

upon receiving any response the Secretary of State has published a report

 

detailing his conclusions.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

16

 

Clause  39,  page  27,  leave out lines 1 to 29.

 


 
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