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Decisions made by individuals—access to information

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) A prescribed decision shall not be taken by a decision taker unless public notice containing the details specified in subsection (2) has been given by him at least five clear days in advance of the date on which it is proposed to take the decision by posting it at the offices of the local authority.

    (2) The details referred to in subsection (1) are

      (i) the name of the individual taking the decision

      (ii) details of how he may be contacted

      (iii) a short description of the decision to be taken

      (iv) the date on which the decision is to be taken

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

    (3) The provisions of Part VA of the Local Government Act 1972 shall apply to any report relating to the proposed decision and to any background papers used in preparing that report, as if the report were to be considered at a meeting of a principal council.

    (4) Nothing in subsection (1) shall prevent a decision being taken without giving such notice where by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the written record of the decision, the decision taker is of the opinion that it should be taken as a matter of urgency.

    (5) In this section—

    "prescribed" has the meaning given by section 21(11).

    "decision taker" means

      (a) an individual member of a local authority executive or

      (b) an officer of the authority discharging functions of the executive delegated to him.'.


AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 21 AND 22

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

82

Page     16,     line     4     [Clause     21],     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 Archie Norman
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Tim Loughton
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Curry
Mr Peter Atkinson

19

Page     16,     line     5     [Clause     21],     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 paragraph1 (all reports) of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

83

Page     16,     line     6     [Clause     21],     leave out subsection (2).

   

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

20

Page     16,     line     7     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'decide' to end of line 9 and insert 'which parts of its meetings, and which part of any committee of the executive are to be held in private.'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

84

Page     16,     line     11     [Clause     21],     leave out from beginning of line 11 to end of line 12 and insert 'any meetings referred to in subsection (1).'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

85

Page     16,     line     20     [Clause     21],     at end insert ', and where such reports, background papers or other documents relate to a decision which is to be taken they must be made available at least five clear days before the date on which the decision is to be taken'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

86

Page     16,     line     21     [Clause     21],     leave out subsection (7).

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

87

Page     16,     line     25     [Clause     21],     leave out subsection (8).

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

111

Page     16,     line     42     [Clause     21],     leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

      '( ) as to the circumstances in which meetings mentioned in subsection (2), or particular proceedings at such meetings, must be open to the public,

      ( ) as to the circumstances in which meetings mentioned in subsection (2), or particular proceedings at such meetings, must be held in private,'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

88

Page     16,     line     42     [Clause     21],     leave out subsection (9)(a).


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

112

Page     17,     line     19     [Clause     21],     at end insert—

    '(9A) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for or in connection with requiring prescribed information about prescribed decisions made in connection with the discharge of functions which are the responsibility of a local authority executive to be made available to members of the public or members of the authority.

    (9B) The provision which may be made under subsection (9A) includes provision—

      (a) requiring prescribed information to be made available in advance of the prescribed decisions mentioned in that subsection,

      (b) as to the way or form in which prescribed information is to be made available.'.

   

Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Don Foster
Mr Richard Shepherd
Tony Wright
Mr David Davis
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr John McDonnell

89

Page     17,     line     20     [Clause     21],     leave out subsection (10).


AMENDMENTS RELATING TO SCHEDULE 1

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

195

Page     77,     line     13     [Schedule     1],     after 'he' insert 'resigns as deputy mayor or'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

196

Page     77,     line     31     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '( ) The executive arrangements may include provision with respect to—

      (a) the election and term of office of the executive leader, and

      (b) the appointment and term of office of members of the executive appointed under section 10(3)(b)(ii).'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

197

Page     77,     line     42     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

    '( ) The executive arrangements may include provision with respect to the appointment and term of office of the council manager.'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

198

Page     78,     line     4     [Schedule     1],     after 'he' insert 'resigns as deputy mayor or'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

199

Page     78,     line     46     [Schedule     1],     leave out paragraph (a).


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

220

Page     79,     line     6     [Schedule     1],     after 'executive,', insert 'which is held in private'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

200

Page     79,     line     15     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (4).


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

201

Page     81,     line     37     [Schedule     1],     at beginning insert 'Except for the expression "local authority",'.

   

Mr Secretary Prescott

202

Page     81,     line     37     [Schedule     1],     leave out '9' and insert '10'.


AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 23 TO 40

   

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

214

Page     17,     line     34,     leave out Clause 23.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

113

Page     19,     line     12     [Clause     26],     leave out '(within the meaning of section 30)' and insert 'of a particular type permitted by regulations under section 30'.


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

114

Page     20,     line     12     [Clause     27],     leave out 'made' and insert 'given'.

   

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

21

Page     20,     line     38     [Clause     28],     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Secretary Prescott

115

Page     21,     line     19     [Clause     30],     leave out 'by or under' insert 'under either or both of the following—

      ( )''.

 
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