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Public Bill Committee: 12 November 2013                  

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Brandon Lewis

 

43

 

Schedule  7,  page  65,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Sub-paragraph (5) does not apply in relation to a parish meeting.’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

44

 

Clause  27,  page  19,  line  6,  leave out from ‘may’ to end of line 7.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

45

 

Clause  27,  page  19,  line  8,  after ‘(a)’ insert ‘within the period of 6 weeks beginning

 

with the day after that on which the person is notified of the decision,’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

46

 

Clause  27,  page  19,  line  9,  after ‘(b)’ insert ‘within the period of 21 days beginning

 

with the day after that on which the person receives those written reasons,’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

47

 

Clause  27,  page  19,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Subsection (5B) applies if a local auditor of the accounts of a relevant authority

 

incurs costs in determining whether to make an application under this section in

 

relation to the authority, but the application is not in fact made.

 

(5B)    

The local auditor may recover the reasonable costs so incurred from the relevant

 

authority.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

129

 

Schedule  8,  page  67,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Where two or more auditors are appointed in relation to the accounts of a relevant

 

authority, other than a health service body, the power to issue an advisory notice

 

may be exercised by the auditors acting jointly, or by such one of them as they

 

may determine.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

141

 

Schedule  8,  page  67,  line  22,  leave out from ‘the’ to end of line and insert

 

‘addressed to the Chairperson or Mayor of the authority and the officer concerned’.


 
 

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Brandon Lewis

 

48

 

Schedule  8,  page  68,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(8)    

In this Schedule “the relevant authority concerned”, in relation to an advisory

 

notice, means the relevant authority to which, or to any officer of which, the

 

notice is addressed.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

49

 

Schedule  8,  page  69,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

The condition in paragraph (a) of sub-paragraph (2) is met in relation to a parish

 

meeting only if the matters referred to in that paragraph are considered by the

 

parish meeting itself (and not by its chairman on behalf of the parish meeting).’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

50

 

Schedule  8,  page  69,  line  7,  leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

A local auditor may recover from a relevant authority—

 

(a)    

the reasonable costs of determining whether to issue an advisory notice

 

to that authority or an officer of that authority, and

 

(b)    

the reasonable costs of issuing an advisory notice to that authority or an

 

officer of that authority.

 

(4A)    

Sub-paragraph (4)(a) applies regardless of whether the notice is in fact issued.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

51

 

Schedule  8,  page  69,  line  10,  leave out sub-paragraph (5).

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

52

 

Clause  30,  page  20,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

Subsection (6) applies if a local auditor of the accounts of a relevant authority

 

incurs costs in determining whether to make an application under this section in

 

relation to the authority, but the application is not in fact made.

 

(6)    

The local auditor may recover the reasonable costs so incurred from the relevant

 

authority.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

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Clause  31,  page  20,  line  22,  leave out paragraph (f).

 



 
 

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Brandon Lewis

 

53

 

Schedule  9,  page  72,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘(10A)    

In this paragraph “enactment” includes—

 

(a)    

an enactment contained in, or in an instrument made under, a Measure or

 

Act of the National Assembly for Wales,

 

(b)    

an enactment contained in, or in an instrument made under, an Act of the

 

Scottish Parliament, and

 

(c)    

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

 

Ireland legislation.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

104

 

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,’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

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Schedule  9,  page  74,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

to assist in the prevention and detection of maladministration and error.’.

 


 

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

 

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);”’.


 
 

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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’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

61

 

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

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

144

 

Schedule  11,  page  76,  line  36,  at end insert ‘unless there is an overriding public

 

interest in favour of its disclosure’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

145

 

Schedule  11,  page  77,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(l)    

to the Comptroller and Auditor General, for the purposes of the functions

 

under or by virtue of section 18 and Schedule 6 of this Act, or

 

(m)    

to the Secretary of State, for the purposes of accounting to Parliament;

 

and

 

(n)    

for the purposes of the Care Quality Commission under the Health &

 

Social Care Act 2008.’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

146

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  38,  page  24,  line  4,  leave out ‘one or more specified local authorities’ and

 

insert ‘a local authority’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

147

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  38,  page  24,  line  15,  leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

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


 
 

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(a)    

evidence of a breach of a code has been published and sent 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

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

148

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  38,  page  24,  leave out from line 37 to line 21 on page 25.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

149

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  39,  page  26,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

    

“This section shall not apply to City Deals signed prior to the commencement of

 

this Act.”.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

62

 

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

 

130

 

Clause  40,  page  27,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

regulations under section [Access to local government meetings and

 

documents] which amend or repeal any provision of an Act,’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

150

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  28,  line  2,  leave out subsection (7).

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

63

 

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);’.


 
 

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Brandon Lewis

 

64

 

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

 

65

 

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

 

66

 

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

 

(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

 

67

 

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—


 
 

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(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

 

68

 

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

 

131

 

Schedule  12,  page  86,  line  16,  leave out paragraph 44 and insert—

 

‘   (1)  

Section 26D of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

 

(disclosure of results of data matching etc) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (4) for paragraph (b) substitute—

 

“(b)    

the Secretary of State,

 

(ba)    

the Minister for the Cabinet Office,

 

(bb)    

a local auditor within the meaning of the Local Audit and

 

Accountability Act 2013,”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (7) in the definition of “relevant NHS body” for paragraph (b)

 

substitute—

 

“(b)    

a body mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of paragraph 4(11)

 

of Schedule 9 to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2013

 

(“relevant NHS body”);”.’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

106

 

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

 

132

 

Schedule  12,  page  88,  line  24,  leave out paragraph 54 and insert—

 

‘   (1)  

Article 4D of the Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

 

(disclosure of results of data matching etc) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph (2)(b) after “body”, in each place, insert “or person”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph (3) after “bodies” insert “and persons”.

 

      (4)  

In that paragraph, for sub-paragraph (a) substitute—


 
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