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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 21 November 2013

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [5 November 2013].

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

146

 

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

 

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—

 

(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.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

138

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

148

 

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

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

149

 

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

 

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);’.

 

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—


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

139

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

‘(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—

 

(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

 

152

 

Schedule  12,  page  83,  line  19,  at end insert—


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

140

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (c. 8)

 

            

In section 117(8) of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act

 

1992 (unauthorised disclosure of information relating to particular persons:

 

Audit Commission)—

 

(a)    

omit paragraph (gb), and

 

(b)    

after paragraph (gc) insert—

 

“(gd)    

a local auditor within the meaning of the Local Audit

 

and Accountability Act 2013;

 

(ge)    

the Auditor General for Wales and any member of the

 

Auditor General’s staff;

 

(gf)    

any member of the staff of the Wales Audit Office,

 

and any person providing services to that Office;”.’.

 

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).’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

141

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

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—

 

“(a)    

the Secretary of State,

 

(aa)    

the Minister for the Cabinet Office,

 

(ab)    

a local auditor within the meaning of the Local Audit and

 

Accountability Act 2013,”.

 

      (5)  

In paragraph (4) after “body”, where it first occurs, insert “or person”.

 

      (6)  

In paragraph (6)(b) for paragraph (ii) substitute—

 

“(ii)    

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

 

107

 

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

 

‘58(1)  

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

 

      (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

 

133

 

Schedule  12,  page  88,  line  34,  leave out paragraph 59 and insert—

 

‘   (1)  

Section 64D (disclosure of results of data matching etc) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

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

 

      (3)  

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

 

      (4)  

In that subsection, for paragraph (a) substitute—

 

“(a)    

the Secretary of State,

 

(aa)    

the Minister for the Cabinet Office,

 

(ab)    

a local auditor within the meaning of the Local Audit and

 

Accountability Act 2013,”.

 

      (5)  

In subsection (4) after “body”, where it first occurs, insert “or person”.

 

      (6)  

In subsection (6)(b) for sub-paragraph (ii) substitute—

 

“(ii)    

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

 

108

 

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

 

‘(a)    

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


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

142

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Brandon Lewis

 

109

 

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

 

110

 

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

 

insert ‘in accordance with’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

111

 

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

 

‘(za)    

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

 

Brandon Lewis

 

69

 

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

 

and’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

112

 

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

 

‘(ba)    

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

 

Brandon Lewis

 

113

 

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’.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

151

 

Clause  43,  page  30,  line  15,  leave out subsection (2).

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

134

 

Clause  46,  page  31,  line  4,  leave out ‘Section 38 comes’ and insert ‘Sections 38 and


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2013                  

143

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

[Access to local government meetings and documents] come’.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

71

 

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

 


 

New Clauses

 

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—


 
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