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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 29th June 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE D


PUBLIC AUDIT (WALES) BILL [LORDS]

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Mr Don Touhig.

Mr Don Touhig To move, That the Public Audit (Wales) Bill [Lords] be considered in the following order: Clauses 1 to 50, Schedule 1, Clauses 51 to 66, Schedule 2, Clauses 67 and 68, Schedule 3, Clauses 69 to 72, Schedule 4, Clauses 73 to 75, New Clauses, New Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     leave out from 'may' to second 'the' and insert 'after consultation with'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     15,     leave out paragraph (a).


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

4

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     41,     leave out from 'must' to end of line.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

5

Clause     2,     page     3,     leave out lines 33 to 39.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

6

Clause     2,     page     3,     line     39,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   Arrangements may not be made under subsections (1) or (3) unless the Auditor General for Wales has satisfied himself that the independence of any audit carried out by him or by a person appointed by him is not impaired by the arrangements.'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

7

Clause     3,     page     4,     leave out lines 25 and 26.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

9

Clause     4,     page     5,     line     12,     leave out from 'Table' to end of line 14.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

10

Clause     4,     page     5,     line     14,     at end insert 'or if he considers it appropriate to do so'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

12

Clause     4,     page     5,     line     42,     at end insert—

      '(aa) be appointed to audit their accounts;'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

13

Clause     4,     page     6,     line     3,     at end insert—

      '(c) provided that any such member of staff is eligible for appointment within the terms of section 14'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

11

Clause     4,     page     6,     leave out lines 12 and 13.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

14

Clause     5,     page     6,     line     18,     leave out from 'The' to 'one' and insert 'Auditor General for Wales may carry out'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

15

Clause     5,     page     6,     leave out lines 23 to 28 and insert—

    '(2)   The Auditor General for Wales may also carry out one or more programmes of studies as are mentioned in subsection (1) at the request of the Assembly provided that the Assembly agrees to make good the full cost incurred by him in undertaking the programme.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

16

Clause     5,     page     6,     line     24,     leave out from 'him' to the end of line 25.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

8

Clause     5,     page     6,     leave out lines 29 to 31.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

17

Clause     5,     page     6,     leave out lines 37 to 41.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

18

Clause     5,     page     6,     line     41,     at end insert 'and to an additional fine not exceeding £20 for each day on which the offence continues after he has been convicted of it.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

19

Clause     5,     page     6,     line     41,     at end insert—

    '(7A)   If a person is convicted of an offence under subsection (6) the Auditor General for Wales may recover from that person any expenses incurred by him in connection with proceedings for the offence.'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

45

Clause     10,     page     9,     line     18,     at end insert 'for no more than three months'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

20

Clause     11,     page     11,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   A person commits an offence if without reasonable excuse he fails to comply with a requirement imposed under this section.

    (6B)   A person guilty of an offence under subsection (4A) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.'.


   

Mr Don Touhig

47

Clause     12,     page     11,     line     38,     leave out paragraph (g) and insert—

      '(g) a fire and rescue authority in Wales constituted by a scheme under section 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 or a scheme to which section 4 of that Act applies;'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

3

Clause     12,     page     12,     line     7,     leave out 'or substantially'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

23

Clause     14,     page     12,     line     23,     leave out subsection (3).

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

25

Clause     14,     page     12,     line     30,     leave out subsection (5).

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

24

Clause     14,     page     12,     line     35,     leave out subsection (6).


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

26

Page     13,     line     7,     leave out Clause 15.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

27

Clause     16,     page     13,     line     25,     leave out subsection (4).

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

28

Clause     16,     page     13,     line     33,     leave out subsection (7).


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

29

Clause     24,     page     18,     line     4,     leave out from 'are' to end of line 8 and insert 'those listed in section 12(1)'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

30

Clause     25,     page     18,     line     37,     leave out subsection (3).


   

Mr Don Touhig

48

Clause     28,     page     21,     line     16,     leave out 'body' and insert 'auditor'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

32

Clause     30,     page     22,     line     4,     leave out 'an interested' and insert 'a'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

33

Clause     30,     page     22,     line     19,     leave out 'means' and insert 'includes but is not limited to'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

34

Clause     39,     page     27,     line     38,     at end insert—

      '(d) Any draft regulations which are within subsection (3)(b) shall not be made unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.


   

Hywell Williams

46

Clause     40,     page     28,     line     16,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

35

Clause     44,     page     30,     line     1,     leave out subsection (2).


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

36

Clause     45,     page     30,     line     22,     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.


   

Mr Don Touhig

49

Clause     46,     page     30,     line     39,     leave out paragraph (e) and insert—

      '(e) a fire and rescue authority in Wales constituted by a scheme under section 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 or a scheme to which section 4 of that Act applies.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

31

Clause     46,     page     30,     line     39,     at end insert—

      '(f) a port health authority;

      (g) a conservation board;

      (h) a local probation board;

      (i) an internal drainage board'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

37

Clause     47,     page     31,     line     15,     at end insert 'and may include references to standards of performance achieved by similar authorities outside Wales'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

38

Clause     48,     page     32,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The relevant body may publish the information electronically in any way which is accessible by local government electors of the body.'.


   

Mr Don Touhig

54

Schedule     1,     page     43,     leave out line 11 and insert—

          '(d) a fire and rescue authority in Wales constituted by a scheme under section 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 or a scheme to which section 4 of that Act applies.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

39

Schedule     1,     page     43,     leave out lines 26 to 32.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr Hugo Swire

40

Schedule     1,     page     46,     line     24,     leave out ', and in deciding whether to do so,'.


 
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