Amendments proposed to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr Michael Portillo
Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Matthew Taylor
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

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Page     5,     line     26     [Clause     10],     leave out subsection (3)(c) and insert—

      '(c) publish the information.'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Page     5,     line     28     [Clause     10],     at end insert—

    '() A designated body shall comply with any direction of the Treasury as to the person or kind of person to be given responsibility for ensuring compliance with subsections (2) and (3).'.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West)
Mr David Rendel

17

Page     6,     line     19     [Clause     11],     leave out from '(5)' to 'shall' and insert 'The Treasury, a body which is designated for the purposes of section 10 and a person who acts as auditor for the purposes of section 10(2)(c) or (7)(c),'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

25

Page     6,     line     19     [Clause     11],     after '10(2)(c)', insert 'or (7)(c)'.


   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

26

Page     8,     line     30     [Clause     14],     at end insert—

    '() Before making an order under subsection (1) the Treasury shall consult the Comptroller and Auditor General.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

8

Page     8,     line     44     [Clause     16],     after 'on', insert 'upstream'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

9

Page     8,     line     44     [Clause     16],     after 'business', insert 'activities'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

27

Page     8,     line     44     [Clause     16],     leave out 'and'.


   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

28

Page     9     [Clause     16],     leave out lines 1 to 13 and insert—

      '(b) may incur expenditure for the purposes of investing in the body (whether by acquiring assets, securities or rights or otherwise), and

      (c) may provide loans and guarantees and make other kinds of financial provision to or in respect of the body.

    (2) The powers under subsection (1)(b) and (c)—

      (a) may not be exercised in respect of more than one body, and

      (b) may be exercised only in connection with public-private partnership business carried on or to be carried on by the body.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

10

Page     9,     line     6     [Clause     16],     after 'provide', insert 'further'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

11

Page     9,     line     7     [Clause     16],     leave out from 'connection' to end and insert 'with the carrying on of its business, equal to 200 per cent, of the total finance provided under subsection (1)'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

12

Page     9,     line     9     [Clause     16],     leave out from 'conditions', to the end of line 11 and insert 'but may not comprise the following forms—'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

13

Page     9,     [Clause     16],     leave out line 13 and insert—

      '( ) long term equity investments in public-private partnership projects'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams (Swansea West)
Mr David Rendel

16

Page     9,     line     13     [Clause     16],     at end insert—

    '(5) The accounts of a body to which financial assistance is provided under subsection (1)(b) or (3) shall be open to inspection of the Comptroller and Auditor General and that body shall give such explanations of those accounts as he may reasonably require.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

14

Page     9,     line     14     [Clause     17],     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1) In section 16, "upstream public-private partnerships activities" means acting as a manager in the organisation of public-private partnership projects, providing public sector organisations with expert advisory and implemention skills, providing interim finance for feasibility studies for local government public-private partnership projects and negotiating the necessary arrangements for particular public-private partnerships with the relevant government departments and the Treasury.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight [R]
Mr David Ruffley

15

Page     9,     [Clause     17],     leave out lines 34 to 36 and insert—

      '(b) references to public-private partnership projects include those carried on outside as well as within the United Kingdom.'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Page     9,     line     34     [Clause     17],     leave out 'public money or'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

30

Page     9,     line     34     [Clause     17],     leave out '(except in section 16(3)(b))'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

31

Page     9,     line     35     [Clause     17],     leave out 'public money or'.


   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

32

Page     10,     line     38     [Clause     22],     leave out 'This section has' and insert 'Subsections (2) and (3) have'.

   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

33

Page     10,     line     42     [Clause     22],     at end insert—

    '(3) An examination of accounts carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General shall be carried out on behalf of the House of Commons.

    (4) Subsection (5) applies where the Comptroller and Auditor General examines and certifies accounts of a body by virtue of an enactment or agreement.

    (5) Section 8(1) shall apply for the purposes of the examination of the body's accounts as it applies for the purposes of the examination of a department's accounts.

    (6) The Treasury may by order provide for the accounts of a body to be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

    (7) An order under subsection (6)—

      (a) may be made in relation to a body only if it appears to the Treasury that the body exercises functions of a public nature or is entirely or substantially funded from public money,

      (b) may make such supplementary or consequential provision (including provision amending an enactment) as the Treasury think expedient,

      (c) shall not be made unless the Treasury have consulted the Comptroller and Auditor General, and

      (d) shall not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament.'.


   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

34

Page     11,     line     27     [Clause     27],     leave out '(4)' and insert '(8)'.


   

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

35

Page     15,     line     18     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

'Food Standards Act 1999 (c. 28)

    .—(1) Schedule 4 to the Food Standards Act 1999 (Food Standards Agency: accounts) shall be amended as follows.

    (2) In paragraph 2(1)—

      (a) for "appropriation accounts" substitute "resource accounts", and

      (b) for "the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1866" substitute "the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000".

    (3) In paragraph 5—

      (a) in sub-paragraph (1) (and in the heading to the paragraph) for "section 5 of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921" substitute "section 7 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000", and

      (b) in sub-paragraph (3) for "section 5" substitute "section 7".'.


 
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