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Thursday 2nd November 2006


Standing Committee Proceedings


Standing Committee A


Welfare Reform Bill


[Eleventh and Twelfth Sittings]


Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Mr Andrew Love


Negatived on division  258


Clause  27,  page  19,  line  15,  at end insert—


‘( )    

The Appropriate Maximum Housing Benefit may not vary according to the age


of the claimant.’.


John Penrose


Mr David Ruffley


Mr Tim Boswell


Mr Jeremy Hunt


Withdrawn  266


Clause  27,  page  19,  line  15,  at end insert—


‘( )    

The regulations may provide for local variations in AMHB in the event of a


shortage of suitable accommodation for disabled people.’.


Clause Agreed to.



Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Not selected  264


Clause  28,  page  22,  line  35,  at end insert—



  Evaluation report


( )    

Regulations may provide that where a relevant local authority has paid housing


benefit subject to restrictions under section 130B an evaluation shall be provided


to the Secretary of State by that authority relating to such matters as may be




S.C.A.Standing Committee Proceedings: 2nd November 2006          



Welfare Reform Bill, continued


Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Negatived on division  263


Clause  28,  page  24,  line  44,  at end add—






Regulations to which this section applies may not remain in force after January





This section applies to regulations made under any of sections 130B to 130F




Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Not selected  48


Page  20,  line  1,  leave out Clause 28.


Clause Agreed to.



Mr Jim Murphy


Agreed to  67


Clause  29,  page  26,  line  11,  at end insert—


‘( )    

For the purposes of subsection (1) a person must be treated as entitled to housing


benefit or council tax benefit by virtue of the general conditions of entitlement





he is not so entitled to that benefit at the time he or his partner ceases to


be entitled to the prescribed benefit as mentioned in subsection (1)(b),





his entitlement to housing benefit or council tax benefit (as the case may


be) ceased during the prescribed period before that time.’.


Clause, as amended, Agreed to.


Clauses 30 to 32 Agreed to.



Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Withdrawn  259


Clause  33,  page  28,  leave out lines 21 to 23.


Danny Alexander


Mr David Laws


Withdrawn  265


Clause  33,  page  28,  line  26,  at end add—



  Supply by rent officers of information to claimants



The Secretary of State may by regulation make provision about the obligation of


a rent officer to provide information to claimants of housing benefit.


S.C.A.Standing Committee Proceedings: 2nd November 2006          



Welfare Reform Bill, continued



The Secretary of State may impose on a rent officer obligations with respect to


making available to claimants of housing benefit information about the basis of


calculation of levels of housing benefit.



Regulations under subsection (1) may require the production of information or


documents used in calculating local levels of housing benefit.’.


Clause Agreed to.


Bill, as so far amended, reported to the House.


[Adjourned till Tuesday 28th November at 10.30 a.m.

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