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20B    

Urgent procedure for suspension or variation etc: Wales

 

(1)    

Subsection (2) applies where—

 

(a)    

a person is registered under this Part in respect of an

 

establishment or agency for which the Welsh Ministers are the

 

registration authority, and

 

(b)    

the Welsh Ministers have reasonable cause to believe that

 

unless they act under this section any person will or may be

 

exposed to the risk of harm.

 

(2)    

Where this subsection applies, the Welsh Ministers may, by giving

 

notice in writing under this section to the person registered in respect

 

of the establishment or agency, provide for any decision of the Welsh

 

Ministers that is mentioned in subsection (3) to take effect from the

 

time when the notice is given.

 

(3)    

Those decisions are—

 

(a)    

a decision under section 13(5) to vary or remove a condition

 

for the time being in force in relation to the registration or to

 

impose an additional condition;

 

(b)    

a decision under section 14A to suspend the registration or

 

extend the period of suspension.

 

(4)    

The notice must—

 

(a)    

state that it is given under this section,

 

(b)    

state the Welsh Ministers’ reasons for believing that the

 

circumstances fall within subsection (1)(b),

 

(c)    

specify the condition as varied, removed or imposed or the

 

period (or extended period) of suspension, and

 

(d)    

explain the right of appeal conferred by section 21.”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

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Schedule  5,  page  123,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘15B (1)  

Section 21 of the 2000 Act (appeals to the Tribunal) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1)(b), after “20” insert “or 20A”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3), after “authority” insert “, other than a decision to which a

 

notice under section 20B relates,”.

 

      (4)  

After subsection (4) insert—

 

“(4ZA)    

On an appeal against a decision to which a notice under section 20B

 

relates, the Tribunal may confirm the decision or direct that it shall

 

cease to have effect.”

 

      (5)  

In subsection (5)—

 

(a)    

omit the word “or” at the end of paragraph (b), and

 

(b)    

after paragraph (c) insert “; or

 

(d)    

to vary the period of any suspension.”

 

      (6)  

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(6)    

Subsection (1) does not apply to a decision of the Welsh Ministers

 

under section 30ZA (penalty notices).”’.


 
 

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Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

187

 

Schedule  5,  page  123,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘16A      

After section 24 of the 2000 Act insert—

 

“24A  

Offences relating to suspension

 

(1)    

If a person who is registered under this Part in respect of an

 

establishment or agency carries on or (as the case may be) manages the

 

establishment or agency while the person’s registration is suspended,

 

the person is guilty of an offence.

 

(2)    

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on

 

summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard

 

scale.”

 

16B      

In section 26 of the 2000 Act (false descriptions of establishments and

 

agencies), after subsection (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

If a person’s registration under this Part has been suspended, the

 

registration is to be treated for the purposes of subsection (1) as if it

 

had not been effected.”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

188

 

Schedule  5,  page  123,  line  35,  leave out paragraph 17 and insert—

 

‘17      

In section 29 of the 2000 Act (proceedings for offences)—

 

(a)    

for subsection (1) substitute—

 

“(1)    

Proceedings in respect of an offence under this Part or

 

regulations made under it shall not, without the written

 

consent of the Attorney General, be taken by any person other

 

than the CIECSS or the Welsh Ministers.”,

 

(b)    

in subsection (2), for “a period of six months” substitute “the

 

permitted period”, and

 

(c)    

after subsection (2) insert—

 

“(3)    

“The permitted period” means—

 

(a)    

in the case of proceedings brought by the Welsh

 

Ministers, a period of 12 months;

 

(b)    

in any other case, a period of 6 months.”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

189

 

Schedule  5,  page  123,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘17A      

After section 30 of the 2000 Act insert—

 

“Penalty notices

 

30ZA  

Penalty notices

 

(1)    

Where the Welsh Ministers are satisfied that a person has committed

 

a fixed penalty offence, they may give the person a penalty notice in

 

respect of the offence.

 

(2)    

A fixed penalty offence is any relevant offence which—

 

(a)    

relates to an establishment or agency for which the Welsh

 

Ministers are the registration authority, and


 
 

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(b)    

is prescribed for the purposes of this section.

 

(3)    

A relevant offence is—

 

(a)    

an offence under this Part or under regulations made under

 

this Part, or

 

(b)    

an offence under regulations made under section 9 of the

 

Adoption and Children Act 2002.

 

(4)    

A penalty notice is a notice offering the person the opportunity of

 

discharging any liability to conviction for the offence to which the

 

notice relates by payment of a penalty in accordance with the notice.

 

(5)    

Where a person is given a penalty notice, proceedings for the offence

 

to which the notice relates may not be instituted before the end of such

 

period as may be prescribed.

 

(6)    

Where a person is given a penalty notice, the person cannot be

 

convicted of the offence to which the notice relates if the person pays

 

the penalty in accordance with the notice.

 

(7)    

Penalties under this section are payable to the Welsh Ministers.

 

(8)    

In this section “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by

 

the Welsh Ministers.

 

30ZB  

Penalty notices: supplementary provision

 

(1)    

The Welsh Ministers may by regulations make—

 

(a)    

provision as to the form and content of penalty notices,

 

(b)    

provision as to the monetary amount of the penalty and time

 

by which it is to be paid,

 

(c)    

provision determining the methods by which penalties may be

 

paid,

 

(d)    

provision as to the records to be kept in relation to penalty

 

notices,

 

(e)    

provision for or in connection with the withdrawal, in

 

prescribed circumstances, of a penalty notice, including—

 

(i)    

repayment of any amount paid by way of penalty

 

under a penalty notice which is withdrawn, and

 

(ii)    

prohibition of the institution or continuation of

 

proceedings for the offence to which the withdrawn

 

notice relates,

 

(f)    

provision for a certificate—

 

(i)    

purporting to be signed by or on behalf of a prescribed

 

person, and

 

(ii)    

stating that payment of any amount paid by way of

 

penalty was or, as the case may be, was not received

 

on or before a date specified in the certificate,

 

    

to be received in evidence of the matters so stated,

 

(g)    

provision as to action to be taken if a penalty is not paid in

 

accordance with a penalty notice, and

 

(h)    

such other provision in relation to penalties or penalty notices

 

as the Welsh Ministers think necessary or expedient.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1)(b)—


 
 

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(a)    

may make provision for penalties of different amounts to be

 

payable in different cases, including provision for the penalty

 

payable under a penalty notice to differ according to the time

 

by which it is paid, but

 

(b)    

must secure that the amount of any penalty payable in respect

 

of any offence does not exceed one half of the maximum

 

amount of the fine to which a person committing the offence

 

would be liable on summary conviction.

 

(3)    

In this section—

 

“penalty” means a penalty under a penalty notice;

 

“penalty notice” has the meaning given by section 30ZA(4).”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

190

 

Schedule  5,  page  123,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘17B (1)  

In section 30A of the 2000 Act (notification of matters relating to persons

 

carrying on or managing certain establishments or agencies), inserted by

 

section 25 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, subsection (2) is

 

amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

After paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

has decided to adopt a proposal under section 17(4)(aa) to

 

suspend the registration of P in respect of the establishment or

 

agency or to extend any such suspension,

 

(ab)    

has given a notice under section 20B to suspend the

 

registration of P in respect of the establishment or agency or

 

to extend any such suspension,”.

 

      (3)  

Omit the word “or” at the end of paragraph (b).

 

      (4)  

At the end of paragraph (c) insert “or—

 

(d)    

has given P a penalty notice under section 30ZA in respect of

 

an offence which it alleges P committed in relation to the

 

establishment or agency and P has paid the penalty in

 

accordance with the notice,”.’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

191

 

Schedule  5,  page  125,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘22A      

After section 118 of the 2000 Act insert—

 

“118A

 Regulations: Wales

 

(1)    

This section has effect where a power to make regulations under this

 

Act is conferred on the Welsh Ministers other than by or by virtue of

 

the Government of Wales Act 2006.

 

(2)    

Subsections (1) and (5) to (7) of section 118 apply to the exercise of

 

that power as they apply to the exercise of a power conferred on the

 

Welsh Ministers by or by virtue of that Act.

 

(3)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations made in the exercise of

 

that power is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the

 

Assembly.”’.


 
 

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Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

192

 

Schedule  5,  page  125,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘22B      

In section 120 of the 2000 Act (Wales) omit subsection (1).’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

86

 

Schedule  5,  page  125,  line  33,  leave out ‘omit paragraph (b)’ and insert ‘leave out

 

“CHAI” and insert “Care Quality Commission”.’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

87

 

Schedule  5,  page  125,  line  35,  leave out ‘omit paragraph (b)’ and insert ‘leave out

 

“CSCI” and insert “Care Quality Commission”.’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

153

 

Schedule  5,  page  129,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (c. 23)

 

            

In section 62 of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (co-operation), for

 

paragraph (c) substitute—

 

“(c)    

the Care Quality Commission,”.

 

            

In section 64 of the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (provision of information

 

by CHAI)—

 

(a)    

in subsection (1), for “The Commission for Healthcare Audit and

 

Inspection” substitute “The Care Quality Commission”,

 

(b)    

in subsection (2), for the words from “section 136” to the end

 

substitute “section 70 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008

 

(disclosure of confidential personal information: offence).”, and

 

(c)    

for subsection (3) substitute—

 

“(3)    

In this section—

 

“English NHS body” has the meaning given by subsection (1) of

 

section 90 of that Act; and

 

“cross-border SHA” means a cross-border Special Health Authority

 

as defined by that subsection.”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

154

 

Schedule  5,  page  129,  line  30,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘Health Act 2006 (c. 28)

 

            

In section 61 of the Health Act 2006 (Commission to exercise Welsh

 

Ministers’ appointment functions), omit “the Commission for Healthcare

 

Audit and Inspection or”.

 

            

In Schedule 5 to the Health Act 2006 (list of statutory bodies referred to in

 

section 58(3))—

 

(a)    

omit the entry for the Commission for Healthcare Audit and

 

Inspection and the entry for the Commission for Social Care

 

Inspection, and

 

(b)    

at the appropriate place insert—

 

“The Care Quality Commission.”’.

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

248

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  5,  page  122,  line  38,  leave out sub-paragraph (2) and insert—

 

    ‘(2)  

For subsection (3A) substitute—

 

“(3A)    

But the functions which may be so specified do not include functions

 

of making, confirming or approving subordinate legislation (as

 

defined by section 158(1) of the Government of Wales Act 2006).”’.

 


 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

47

 

Clause  90,  page  45,  line  8,  after ‘regulations’, insert ‘approved by a resolution of

 

each House of Parliament’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

203

 

Clause  90,  page  45,  line  14,  leave out ‘Except in Chapter 2’.

 


 

Sandra Gidley

 

Greg Mulholland

 

152

 

Clause  91,  page  45,  line  36,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(c)    

Care Standards Act 2000.’.

 


 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

213

 

Schedule  6,  page  132,  line  4,  leave out ‘If the Secretary of State so determines’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

214

 

Schedule  6,  page  132,  line  6,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘OHPA’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

215

 

Schedule  6,  page  132,  line  13,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘OHPA’.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

216

 

Schedule  6,  page  132,  leave out lines 19 to 22.

 

Mr Stephen O’Brien

 

Anne Milton

 

Mr Andrew Lansley

 

Mark Simmonds

 

Mike Penning

 

Jeremy Wright

 

217

 

Schedule  6,  page  133,  line  16,  after ‘keep’, insert ‘auditable’.


 
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