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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 7 November 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [Lords]


 

[third and fourth SITTINGS]


 

Brandon Lewis

 

Agreed to  14

 

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

 

local auditor’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Withdrawn  92

 

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

 

Not called  94

 

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

 

Not called  95

 

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

 

Not called  93

 

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

 

‘(9)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations—


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

(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

 

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.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

Agreed to  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).’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Negatived on division  96

 

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).’.


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  97

 

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

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  98

 

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

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  99

 

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  34,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 9 Agreed to.

 


 

Brandon Lewis

 

Agreed to  16

 

Schedule  4,  page  40,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

The function of appointing a panel or making a determination under this

 

paragraph is to be exercised in the case of a parish meeting by the parish meeting

 

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

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Withdrawn  81

 

Schedule  4,  page  41,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(10)    

Such regulations shall in particular provide that an individual shall be ineligible

 

to act as a member of an audit panel if that individual has any disqualifying

 

interest.’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  82

 

Schedule  4,  page  41,  line  11,  leave out paragraph (c).

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  83

 

Schedule  4,  page  41,  line  13,  after ‘may’, insert ‘after consultation with relevant

 

authorities’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  84

 

Schedule  4,  page  41,  leave out lines 23 and 24.


 
 

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Local Audit and Accountability Bill-[Lords], continued

 
 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  85

 

Schedule  4,  page  42,  line  10,  leave out sub-paragraph (7).

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Withdrawn  100

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  19,  after ‘auditor’, insert ‘, Police Commissioner’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  103

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  13,  leave out subsection (11).

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  101

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  17,  leave out ‘any’.

 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Not called  102

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  19,  leave out ‘any’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Andy Sawford

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Withdrawn  114

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  23,  leave out ‘other than a health service body’.

 

Brandon Lewis

 

Agreed to  17

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(8)    

The auditor panel of a parish meeting may only exercise the function in

 

subsection (2) in relation to the chairman of the parish meeting or the proper

 

officer of the district council within whose area the parish lies.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

[Adjourned until Tuesday 12 November at 8.55 am


 
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