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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 4th July 2000

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


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LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Programme to be proposed by Mr Secretary Prescott (see pages 3623-25).

NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART I

Power to modify enactments concerning plans etc: Wales

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) Subject to subsections (4) and (6), the National Assembly for Wales may by order amend, repeal, revoke or disapply any enactment to which subsection (2) applies so far as that enactment has effect in relation to a local authority in Wales.

    (2) This subsection applies to—

      (a) section 49(1)(c) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990,

      (b) section 2 of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995,

      (c) section 84(2)(b) of the Environment Act 1995,

      (d) any other enactment (whenever passed or made) which—

          (i) requires a local authority to prepare, produce or publish any plan or strategy relating to any particular matter, and

          (ii) is specified in an order made by the Secretary of State under this subsection.

    (3) The power under subsection (1) may be exercised in relation to—

      (a) all local authorities in Wales,

      (b) particular local authorities in Wales, or

      (c) particular descriptions of local authority in Wales.

    (4) The power under subsection (1) may be exercised in relation to a local authority only if the National Assembly for Wales considers—

      (a) that it is not appropriate for any such enactment as is mentioned in that subsection to apply to the authority, or

      (b) that any such enactment should be amended so that it operates more effectively in relation to the authority.

    (5) The power under subsection (1) to amend or disapply an enactment includes a power to amend or disapply an enactment for a particular period.

    (6) An order under subsection (2)(d)(ii) which specifies any enactment may provide that the power under subsection (1) may be exercised in relation to that enactment only if the National Assembly for Wales complies with any conditions specified in the order.

    (7) In this section "enactment" includes an enactment comprised in subordinate legislation (within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978).'.


Exercise of power under section 5

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A local authority may submit a proposal to the Secretary of State that the power under section 5 should be exercised in relation to that authority in accordance with that proposal.

    (2) The Secretary of State may be regulations make provision for or in connection with the submission of an application by a local authority under subsection (1) above.

    (3) Regulations under this section may include provision—

      (a) for the information required in any application;

      (b) for a local authority to show it has the capacity to give effect to the proposals;

      (c) for a timetable for consideration of a proposal;

      (d) for consultation with representatives of local government upon the proposals;

      (e) for independent assessment of a proposal;

      (f) for reasons to be given when an application is unsuccessful.'.


AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 1 TO 8

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

95

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     2],     after 'anything', insert 'including, subject to section 3(2), the raising of money.'.


   

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

8

Page     2,     line     6     [Clause     2],     leave out 'or present'.

   

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

9

Page     2,     line     8     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '( ) A charge may be imposed in respect of anything which is done in the course of exercising the power under section 2(1).'.

   

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

55

Page     2,     line     21     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '( ) Action taken by a local authority outside its own boundaries shall only be undertaken with the consent of the authority within whose boundaries the action is proposed to be taken.'.

   

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

11

Page     2,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(7) Nothing in this part shall empower a local authority to engage in trade otherwise than is provided for by the Local Authority (Goods and Services) Act 1970'.

   

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

12

Page     2,     line     25     [Clause     3],     after 'any', insert 'express'.

   

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

10

Page     2,     line     28     [Clause     3],     leave out subsection 2 and insert—

    '( ) The expenditure of a local authority under this Part in any financial year shall not exceed the amount obtained by applying the relevant provisions of subsections (4), (4AA), (4AB), (4A), (4B) and (4C) of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

    ( ) All expenditure under this Part shall be subject to the accounting and inspection requirements set out in subsection (7) of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.'.

   

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

212

Page     2,     line     28     [Clause     3],     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

96

Page     2,     line     29     [Clause     3],     leave out 'or otherwise'.

   

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

13

Page     2,     line     41     [Clause     3],     leave out 'as he considers appropriate' and insert 'and justify his subsequent decision to them.'.

   

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

14

Page     2,     line     41     [Clause     3],     at end insert—

    '( ) Any guidance issued under this section shall be regarded as advisory only'.


   

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

15

Page     3,     line     17     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(4) A local authority may require other public bodies, whether statutory or voluntary, in its area to comply with and to participate in its strategy for promoting or improving the economic social or environmental well-being of their area.'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Adrian Sanders

97

Page     3,     line     20     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '( ) No requirement imposed by this section restricts the exercise of the power under section 2.'.

   

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

16

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     5],     at beginning insert—

    '( ) A local authority may apply to the Secretary of State to amend, repeal, revoke, or disapply an enactment (whenever passed or made) which it considers prevents or obstructs it from exercising its power under section 2(1)'.

   

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

17

Page     3,     line     21     [Clause     5],     after 'thinks', insert ', whether or not on the application of a local authority,'.

   

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

18

Page     3,     line     24     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '( ) Before exercising the power under subsection (1) the Secretary of State shall consult representatives of local government and such persons as he feels appropriate.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

100

Page     4,     line     17     [Clause     6],     at end insert—

    '(4A) In exercising the power under subsection (1), the Secretary of State—

      (a) must not make any provision which has effect in relation to Wales unless he has consulted the National Assembly for Wales, and

      (b) must not make any provision—

          (i) in relation to legislation made by the National Assembly for Wales, or

          (ii) which has effect both in relation to Wales and in relation to any enactment to which section (Power to modify enactments concerning plans etc: Wales)(2) applies,

      without the consent of the Assembly.

    (4B) The National Assembly for Wales may submit proposals to the Secretary of State that the power under subsection (1) should be exercised in relation to Wales in accordance with those proposals.'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART II OTHER THAN CLAUSES RELATING TO ACCESS TO INFORMATION

 
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