Amendments proposed to the Local Government Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

276

Clause     20,     page     13,     line     42,     leave out 'An overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority' and insert 'An overview and scrutiny body of a local authority which is a committee of the authority'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

277

Clause     20,     page     13,     line     45,     at end insert 'or by a single member or officer of the authority'.

   

Hilary Armstrong

144

Clause     20,     page     13,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '( ) A sub-committee of an overview and scrutiny committee may not discharge any functions other than those conferred on it under subsection (5)(b).'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

278

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     3,     leave out 'an overview and scrutiny committee of the authority' and insert 'an overview and scrutiny body of the authority which is a committee of the authority'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Tim Loughton

27

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '( ) Where a member of a relevant overview and scrutiny committee finds that a decision by or on behalf of the executive ought to be subject to immediate review he may, with the agreement of two members of the relevant overview and scrutiny committee, cause the decision to be delayed until that overview and scrutiny committee has considered the matter'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

279

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     11,     leave out subsection (7) and insert 'Overview and scrutiny arrangements shall include provision ensuring that members of the local authority's executive do not discharge any functions or exercise any powers under those arrangements'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

280

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     14,     leave out 'An overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority' and insert 'An overview and scrutiny body of a local authority which is a committee of the authority'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

281

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     20,     leave out 'An overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority' and insert 'An overview and scrutiny body of a local authority which is a committee of the authority'.

   

Hilary Armstrong

145

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     27,     at end insert—

    '( ) Subsections (2) and (5) of section 102 of the Local Government Act 1972 are to apply to an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority, or a sub-committee of such a committee, as they apply to a committee appointed under that section.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

282

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     28,     leave out 'committee' and insert 'body'.

   

Hilary Armstrong

146

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     28,     at end insert 'or a sub-committee of such a committee'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

283

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     30,     after 'before', insert 'him, her or.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

284

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     31,     at beginning insert '(in the case of a committee)'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Tim Loughton

20

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     33,     at end add—

    '(12) The authority shall appoint officers to assist the overview and scrutiny committees in discharging their functions, and such officers may not also report to the executive.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Tim Loughton

84

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     33,     at end add—

    '(7) Any of the Head of the Paid Service, the Monitoring Officer and the officer appointed by the authority under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 may issue a summons to a meeting of an overview or scrutiny committee and may place on the agenda of such committee any matter which falls within the responsibility of such committee'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

243

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     33,     at end add—

    '( ) In the discharge of his duties under this Part each member of an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority shall act independently of any political party interest.

    ( ) No later than the commencment of a meeting of an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority any member of the committee who shall have attended or has knowledge of any prior meeting of members of the authority (not being a meeting of the executive or of an overview and scrutiny committee) at which any matter on the agenda shall have been discussed shall declare such attendance or knowledge to the meeting.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

244

Clause     20,     page     14,     line     33,     at end add—

    '( ) It is the duty of the head of paid service of any local authority operating executive arrangments to ensure that each overview and scrutiny committee of that authority has at its disposal adequate personnel and resources to enable it to discharge its functions under this Part effectively and independently of the executive.

    ( ) The head of paid service shall have regard to subsection (     ) in discharging his duties under section 4(2) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

    ( ) In this section "head of paid service" means the person designated under section 4(1) of the local Government and Housing Act 1989.'.


   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

258

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     34,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1) Meetings of—

      (a) a local authority executive,

      (b) a committee of such an executive,

      (c) a sub-committee of such an executive,

      (d) a joint committee,

      (e) a sub-committee of such a joint committee

    shall be open to the public subject to the provisions of Part VA of the Local Government Act 1972.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Tim Loughton

58

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     35,     leave out 'or held in private' and insert 'unless necessary to exclude the public for individual items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 (all reports) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

259

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     36,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mr Tim Loughton

59

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     37,     leave out from 'decide' to end of line 39 and insert 'which parts of its meetings, and which parts of any committee of the executive are to be held in private.'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

260

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     40,     leave out from 'of' to end of line 42 and insert 'decisions and the reasons for them made—

      (a) at any meeting or part of a meeting referred to in subsection (1) which is not open to the public,

      (b) by individual members of a local authority executive, and

      (c) by officers of the authority.'.

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

245

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     40,     leave out 'prescribed'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

261

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     43,     leave out subsection (4).

   

Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

246

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     43,     leave out 'prescribed'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

262

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     45,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

325

Clause     21,     page     14,     line     46,     at end insert—

    '( ) A summary of the decisions recorded under subsections (3) and (4) must be sent to all members of the authority within three working days of the decisions being taken. The summary must include

      (a) the name of the executive member or officer who may be contacted for further information about the decision,

      (b) details of how he may be contacted,

      (c) a short description of the decision taken,

      (d) the date on which the decision was taken, and

      (e) a list of the reports and background papers relevant to the decision.'.

 
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