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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 13th June 2007

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Sustainable Communities Bill, As Amended


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Local authorities: transfer of functions

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

nc6

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

After considering the information in a local spending report a local authority may,

 

subject to this section, make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for a

 

transfer of functions from one person to another.

 

(2)    

A local authority may not make a recommendation for a transfer of functions

 

pursuant to subsection (1) unless it has consulted—

 

(a)    

the person whose functions it relates to; and

 

(b)    

the person to whom the local authority considers the functions should be

 

transferred.

 

(3)    

Within 6 months of receiving any recommendations the Secretary of State must

 

either adopt and implement (or commence the process of implementation) or

 

reject the recommendation, and in either case shall give reasons for his decision.

 

(4)    

If any functions are transferred pursuant to this section,

 

(a)    

the moneys for the discharge of those functions shall also be transferred,

 

and

 

(b)    

any local authority to which the functions are transferred may determine

 

the policies to deliver the objectives of the function, having regard to the

 

authority’s own community strategy.

 

(5)    

At least once in every calendar year the Secretary of State must publish a report

 

listing all decisions taken by him pursuant to this section and containing the

 

reasons for those decisions.’.

 



 
 

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Proposals by local authorities

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must invite local authorities to make proposals which they

 

consider would contribute to promoting the sustainability of local communities.

 

(2)    

Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), a proposal may include a

 

request for a transfer of functions from one person to another.

 

(3)    

A local authority may not include a request under subsection (2) unless it has

 

consulted—

 

(a)    

the person whose functions it relates to, and

 

(b)    

the person to whom the local authority considers the functions should be

 

transferred.

 

(4)    

A local authority must have regard to the matters specified in the Schedule before

 

making a proposal.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must issue the first invitation under this section within the

 

period of one year beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.’.

 


 

Decision on short-list

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Before inviting proposals under section [Proposals by local authorities], the

 

Secretary of State must appoint a person (the “selector”) to consider the proposals

 

and, in co-operation with the Secretary of State, draw up a short-list of proposals

 

in accordance with regulations under section [Proposals: regulations].

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(2)    

The selector must be a person who represents the interests of local authorities.

 

(3)    

On receiving the short-list from the selector, the Secretary of State must decide

 

which, if any, of the proposals on the short-list should be implemented.

 

(4)    

Before making a decision under subsection (3) the Secretary of State must consult

 

the selector and try to reach agreement.’.

 

As an Amendment to Mr Phil Woolas’ proposed New Clause (Decision on short-list)

 

(NC2):—

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

(a)

 

Line  7,  leave out ‘if any’.

 



 
 

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Action plans

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must publish—

 

(a)    

the decision under section [Decision on short-list](3) and the reasons for

 

it, and

 

(b)    

with the decision, a statement of the action the Secretary of State

 

proposes to take with a view to the implementation of any proposal.

 

(2)    

A statement published under subsection (1)(b) is referred to in this section as an

 

action plan.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must publish and lay before Parliament a report, describing

 

the progress which has been made in relation to any action plan, within the period

 

of one year following the publication of the action plan and at intervals of not

 

more than one year thereafter.

 

(4)    

Subsection (3) does not apply in relation to an action plan if the action plan has

 

been implemented.’.

 


 

Proposals: regulations

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must make regulations about the procedure to be followed

 

in relation to proposals under section [Proposals by local authorities].

 

(2)    

Before making regulations the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

the selector, and

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(b)    

such other persons who represent the interests of local authorities as the

 

Secretary of State thinks fit.

 

(3)    

Regulations may, in particular—

 

(a)    

specify, or authorise the selector to specify, steps to be taken by a local

 

authority before making proposals;

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(b)    

specify steps to be taken by the selector in considering the proposals and

 

drawing up a short-list;

 

(c)    

require the selector to prepare, and give to the Secretary of State, a report

 

on the proposals.

 

(4)    

Regulations must—

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(a)    

require a local authority, before making any proposal under section

 

[Proposals by local authorities], either—

 

(i)    

to establish a panel of representatives of local persons and

 

consult it about the proposal, or

 

(ii)    

to consult representatives of local persons in accordance with

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another enactment mentioned in the regulations (and an

 

enactment that has not yet come into force for other purposes is

 

deemed to have come into force for the purposes of the

 

regulations),


 
 

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(b)    

require a local authority to try to reach agreement about proposals with

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the panel or other persons consulted under paragraph (a), and

 

(c)    

require a local authority to have regard to any guidance issued under

 

subsection (5).

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must issue guidance to local authorities about making

 

proposals, which—

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(a)    

must include guidance about the inclusion among representatives of local

 

persons (for the purposes of subsection (4)(a)(i) or (ii)) of persons from

 

under-represented groups,

 

(b)    

may include other guidance about establishing and consulting a panel of

 

representatives of local persons, and

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(6)    

Before issuing or revising guidance under subsection (5) the Secretary of State

 

must consult—

 

(a)    

local authorities, or

 

(b)    

persons who represent the interests of local authorities.

 

(7)    

For the purposes of subsection (2) or (6) any consultation undertaken before the

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day on which this Act is passed is as effective as it would have been if undertaken

 

after that day.

 

(8)    

In this section—

 

“local person” means, in relation to a proposal by a local authority under

 

section [Proposals by local authorities], a person who is likely to be

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affected by, or interested in, the proposal;

 

“panel” means a panel constituted in accordance with regulations;

 

“representative” means, in relation to local persons, a person who appears

 

to the local authority to be representative of the local persons;

 

“under-represented groups” has the meaning given by regulations.

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(9)    

Regulations under this section—

 

(a)    

must be made by statutory instrument, and

 

(b)    

are subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

 

Parliament.’.

 

As an Amendment to Mr Phil Woolas’ proposed New Clause (Proposals: regulations)

 

(NC4):—

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

(a)

 

Line  17,  after ‘establish’, insert ‘or recognise’.

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

Philip Davies

 

(b)

 

Line  17,  after ‘persons’, insert ‘, including representatives of road users and

 

motoring groups,’

 

Mr Nick Hurd

 

(c)

 

Line  19,  leave out subparagraph (ii).

 



 
 

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Sustainable community strategies

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

NC5

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In each of the enactments mentioned in subsection (2) for “community strategy”

 

substitute “sustainable community strategy”.

 

(2)    

Those enactments are—

 

(a)    

section 4(1), (2) and (3) of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22), and

 

(b)    

section 19(2)(f), (2)(g) and (7) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase

 

Act 2004 (c. 5) (local development documents).

 

(3)    

In section 4(5) of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) (Wales) at end insert “,

 

and as if for “sustainable community strategy” there were substituted

 

“community strategy”.”

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations amend any other enactment, whenever

 

passed or made, to convert a reference to a “community strategy” to a reference

 

to a “sustainable community strategy”.

 

(5)    

Regulations under subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

may amend an enactment only in so far as the enactment applies in

 

relation to England,

 

(b)    

must be made by statutory instrument, and

 

(c)    

are subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

 

Parliament.’.

 


 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  1,  line  4  [Clause  1],  leave out from ‘Act’ to end and insert ‘references to

 

promoting the sustainability of local communities, in relation to a local authority, are

 

references to’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  1,  line  6  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘an area’ and insert ‘the authority’s area, or part

 

of its area’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  1,  line  9  [Clause  1],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 


 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  1,  leave out Clause 2.


 
 

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Mr Phil Woolas

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  2  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  8  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  13  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  25  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  2,  line  42  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘principal councils’ and insert ‘local

 

authorities’.

 


 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  4,  leave out Clause 3.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  5  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  10  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘principal council’s’ and insert ‘local

 

authority’s’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  12  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘or community’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  17  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘council’s’ and insert ‘authority’s’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  28  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.


 
 

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Mr Phil Woolas

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  34  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘council’ and insert ‘authority’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  37  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘council’s’ and insert ‘authority’s’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  41  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  42  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘or community’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  3,  line  44  [Clause  3],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.

 


 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  10  [Clause  4],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  21  [Clause  4],  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Secretary of State must make the first arrangements under this section within

 

the period of 18 months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.’

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  26  [Clause  4],  leave out ‘commencement of that subsection’ and insert

 

‘day on which this Act is passed’.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  27  [Clause  4],  leave out ‘commencement’ and insert ‘day’.

 


 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  28,  leave out Clause 5.

 

Mr Phil Woolas

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  4,  line  31  [Clause  5],  leave out ‘principal council’ and insert ‘local authority’.


 
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