Care Standards Bill - continued        House of Commons

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National minimum standards.     48. - (1) Subsections (1), (2) and (3) of section 23 shall apply to local authorities in their exercise of relevant functions as they apply to establishments and agencies.
      (2) The standards shall be taken into account in the making of any decision under section 46.
Annual returns.     49. - (1) Regulations may require a local authority to make to the registration authority an annual return containing such information with respect to the exercise by the local authority of relevant functions as may be prescribed.
      (2) Provision may be made by the regulations as to the period in respect of which and date by which the return is to be made.
Annual fee.     50. - (1) Regulations may require any local authority in relation to which powers conferred by section 44(1) may be exercised to pay to the registration authority an annual fee of such amount, and at such a time, as may be prescribed.
      (2) A fee payable by virtue of this section may, without prejudice to any other method of recovery, be recovered summarily as a civil debt.
Contravention of regulations.     51. - (1) Regulations under this Part may provide that a contravention of or failure to comply with any specified provision of the regulations shall be an offence.
      (2) A person guilty of an offence under the regulations shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.
Offences: general provisions.     52. Sections 29 and 30 apply in relation to this Part as they apply in relation to Part II.
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