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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 23rd January 2007

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Greater London Authority Bill


 

[Ninth Sitting]


 

Withdrawn

 

Another Clause (NC6) (Utilities) — (Tom Brake) — brought up, and read the first time,

 

as follows—

 

  ‘(1)  The GLA Act 1999 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 351(3), after paragraph (k) insert—

 

“(l)    

the efficiency of the suppliers of water and energy,”.

 

(3)    

In section 351(4), after paragraph (c) insert—

 

“(cc)    

the suppliers of water and energy to Greater London or any part

 

of Greater London,”.

 

(4)    

In section 61, after subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

This subsection applies to persons holding the office of regulator of any

 

supplier of water or energy to Greater London or any part of Greater

 

London.”

 

(5)    

In section 61(1) for “or (5)” substitute “, (5) or (5A)”.’.

 

Question proposed, That the Clause be read a second time.

 


 

Water and sewerage strategy

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not called  NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 41 of the GLA Act 1999 in subsection (1) after paragraph (ef) insert—

 

“(eg)    

the water and sewerage strategy prepared and published under

 

section 361F below.”

 

(2)    

In Part 9 of the GLA Act 1999 (environmental functions) after section 361E

 

insert—


 
 

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Greater London Authority Bill, continued

 
 

“361F

The water and sewerage strategy

 

(1)    

The Mayor shall prepare and publish a document to be known as “the

 

water and sewerage strategy for London”.

 

(2)    

The water and sewerage strategy for London shall contain—

 

(a)    

the Mayor’s assessment as to the consequences of actual and

 

planned development of whatever nature upon the water and

 

sewerage infrastructre within Greater London; and

 

(b)    

the Mayor’s proposals and policies for ensuring the water and

 

sewerage infrastructure is adequate for the development referred

 

to in subsection (a) above.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may give to the Mayor guidance—

 

(a)    

about the content of the strategy; and

 

(b)    

in relation to the preparation or revision of the strategy.

 

(4)    

The guidance that may be given under subsection (3)(b) above

 

includes—

 

(a)    

guidance specifying or describing the bodies, persons or

 

organisations which the Mayor must consult; and

 

(b)    

guidance as to the consequences of development to which the

 

Mayor must have regard.

 

(5)    

In preparing or revising the strategy the Mayor must have regard to any

 

guidance given under subsection (3) above.”.’.

 


 

Duties of the Mayor

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not selected  NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 38(2) of the GLA Act 1999 insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Mayor before exercising or making any decisions in respect of any of his

 

functions including in particular, without prejudice to the generality of the

 

foregoing, decisions relating to his development powers, strategies or any powers

 

of direction has a duty to observe the provisions of section 100A of the Local

 

Government Act 1972”.’.

 



 
 

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Greater London Authority Bill, continued

 
 

Membership of Transport for London

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not called  nc10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Schedule 10 to the GLA Act 1999 (Transport for London) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

Leave out paragraph 2 and insert—

 

“2  (1)  

Transport for London shall consist of 15 members of whom—

 

(a)    

eight (“the Assembly representatives”) shall be the Assembly

 

members appointed by the Mayor; and

 

(b)    

the remainder (“the borough representatives”) shall be

 

members of the London borough councils appointed by the

 

Mayor on the nomination of the London borough councils

 

acting jointly.

 

      (2)  

The Mayor shall exercise his power to appoint members under sub-

 

paragraph (1)(a) above so as to ensure that, so far as practicable, the

 

members for whose appointment he is responsible reflect the balance

 

of parties for the time being prevailing among the members of the

 

Assembly.

 

      (3)  

The London borough councils shall exercise their power to nominate

 

members under sub-paragraph (1)(b) above so as to ensure that, so far

 

as practicable, the members for whose nomination they are

 

responsible reflect the balance of parties for the time being prevailing

 

among the members of those councils taken as a whole.

 

      (4)  

It shall be the duty of the London borough councils to nominate the

 

first members under sub-paragraph (1)(b) above in sufficient time

 

before the reconstitution day so that the appointment of those

 

members takes effect on that day.

 

      (5)  

The Secretary of State may by order vary any of the numbers for the

 

time being specified in sub-paragraph (1) above, but the number of the

 

Assembly representatives must exceed by one the number of the

 

borough representatives.

 

      (6)  

Before making an order under sub-paragraph (5) above, the Secretary

 

of State shall consult—

 

(a)    

the Mayor;

 

(b)    

the Assembly;

 

(c)    

Transport for London; and

 

(d)    

every London borough council.”.’.

 



 
 

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Greater London Authority Bill, continued

 
 

Amendment of TCPA

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Negatived on division  nc12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

TCPA 1990 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 12(3C) leave out “be in general conformity with” and insert “have

 

regard to”.

 

(3)    

In section 13(1A) leave out “is in general conformity with” and insert “has regard

 

to”.

 

(4)    

In section 13(5A) leave out “is not in general conformity with” and insert “does

 

not have regard to”.

 

(5)    

In section 15(2A) leave out “are in general conformity with” and insert “have

 

regard to”.

 

(6)    

Leave out section 21A.

 

(7)    

In section 26 leave out subsection (2)(bb).

 

(8)    

In section 74 leave out subsections (1B) and (1C).

 

(9)    

Leave out section 322B.’.

 


 

Vacation of office by Mayor following petition and recall ballot

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Negatived on division  nc14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 16 of the GLA Act 1999 insert—

 

“16A  

Vacation of office following petition and recall ballot

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for, or in

 

connection with, requiring the Mayor on receipt of a petition which

 

complies with the provisions of the regulations and a recall ballot of

 

eligible voters in London to vacate office, in such circumstances as may

 

be prescribed in the regulations.

 

(2)    

The provision which may be made by regulations under subsection (1)

 

includes provision—

 

(a)    

as to the form and content of petitions (including provisions for

 

petitions in electronic form),

 

(b)    

as to the minimum number of electors entitled to vote for the

 

Mayor under this Act who must support any petition presented to

 

the Mayor during any period specified in the regulations,


 
 

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Greater London Authority Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

for or in connection with requiring an office of the GLA to

 

publish the number of electors who must support any petition

 

presented to the authority,

 

(d)    

as to the way in which electors are to support a petition

 

(including provision enabling electors to support petitions by

 

telephone or by electronic means),

 

(e)    

as to the action which may, may not or must be taken by the

 

Authority in connection with any petition,

 

(f)    

as to the manner in which a petition is to be presented,

 

(g)    

as to the verification of any petition,

 

(h)    

as to the minimum and maximum number of days in which a

 

ballot should be held,

 

(i)    

as to the format and wording of the recall ballot,

 

(j)    

as to the date on which, or the time by which, the Mayor must

 

vacate office,

 

(k)    

for or in connection with enabling the Secretary of State, in the

 

event of any failure by the Authority to take any action permitted

 

or required by virtue of the regulations, to take that action.

 

(3)    

The number of electors mentioned in subsection (2)(b) is to be calculated

 

at such times as may be provided by regulations under this section and

 

(unless such regulations otherwise provide) is to be 10 per cent. of the

 

total number of electors participating in the Mayoral election preceding

 

the date of any petition.

 

(4)    

Nothing in subsection (2) or (3) affects the generality of the power under

 

subsection (1).”.’.

 


 

Limits of the general power (No.2)

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Withdrawn  nc15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 31(6) of the GLA Act 1999 insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Authority shall not by virtue of section 30(1) above incur

 

expenditure in promoting activities or relationships which are primarily

 

the responsibility of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the

 

Department for International Development, although this does not

 

prevent the Authority incurring expenditure in co-operating with or

 

facilitating good relations with other major world cities and regional

 

authorities.”.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 23rd January 2007      

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Greater London Authority Bill, continued

 
 

Assembly consideration of Mayor’s draft budget

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not called  nc16

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In Schedule 6 to the GLA Act 1999 (Procedure for determining the Authority’s

 

consolidated budget requirement), leave out paragraph 5(4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) above, amendments which are to

 

be made must be agreed to by a simple majority of the Assembly

 

members voting.”.’.

 


 

Assembly consideration of Mayor’s draft budget (No.2)

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not called  nc17

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In Schedule 6 to the GLA Act 1999 (Procedure for determining the Authority’s

 

consolidated budget requirement), leave out paragraph 5(4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3) above, amendments including

 

those which amend the aggregates calculated in subsections (4) to (7) of

 

section 85 are to be agreed by a two-thirds majority of the Assembly

 

members voting.”.’.

 


 

Calculation of component and consolidated budget requirements

 

Michael Gove

 

Mr Andrew Pelling

 

Robert Neill

 

Michael Fabricant

 

Not called  nc18

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 85 of the GLA Act 1999 (calculation of the component and

 

consolidated budget requirements), after subsection (4) add—


 
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