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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 19th June 2008

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords]


 

[third and fourth Sittings]


Clause 46 Agreed to.

 

Lorely Burt

Not called  55

Clause  47,  page  23,  line  24,  at end insert ‘and may by notice re quire the regulator

 

to withdraw the notice and pursue the matter as a criminal offence under the relevant

 

provisions’.

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr John Baron

 

Withdrawn  43

 

Clause  47,  page  23,  line  32,  leave out ‘14’ and insert ‘7’.

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  51

 

Clause  47,  page  23,  line  32,  leave out ‘within’ and insert ‘as quickly as possible

 

and no later than’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr John Baron

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Withdrawn  56

 

Clause  48,  page  24,  line  15,  at end insert ‘and any subsequent appeal.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 49 to 52 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr John Baron

 

Not moved  44

 

Clause  53,  page  27,  line  13,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 54 to 62 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 7 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 63 to 65 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr John Baron

 

Withdrawn  45

 

Clause  66,  page  32,  line  6,  at end add—

 

‘(2)    

Where the regulator is a local authority or authorities, prior to the provision being

 

made the relevant authority shall consult the LBRO as to whether the authority or

 

authorities are fully compliant with the said principles and will continue to act in

 

accordance with those principles.

 

(3)    

Notwithstanding subsection (2), the relevant authority may proceed to make the

 

provision in subsection (1) with the condition that the LBRO is satisfied that any

 

authority that is not fully compliant will become fully compliant within one year

 

of the provision being made.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 67 to 76 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

Agreed to  48

 

Clause  77,  page  37,  line  30,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

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New ClauseS

 

Disapplication of European Communities Act 1972

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Graham Stuart

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Mr Brian Binley

 

Not selected  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

An order made under this Act containing provision deriving from or relating to

 

Community treaties, Community instruments or Community obligations shall,

 

notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972, be binding in any legal

 

proceedings in the United Kingdom and shall be construed as such by the courts

 

of the United Kingdom.

 

(2)    

In section 1 and this section—

 

“Community instrument” and “Community obligations” have the same

 

meaning as in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the European Communities Act

 

1972 (c. 68);

 

“Community treaties” has the same meaning as in section 1(2) of the

 

European Communities Act 1972.’.

 


 

Limitation

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Mr John Baron

 

Negatived on division  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘This Act and any order made under it shall by virtue of this section cease to have

 

effect on 1st January 2014.’.

 


 

Duty to secure observance of Code of Practice

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr John Baron

 

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

 

Negatived on division  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Where any local authority has been granted powers under Part 3 of this Act, the

 

LBRO shall have the duty or reviewing and, if appropriate, certifying every three


 
 

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years whether local authorities are compliant with the provisions of any Code

 

issued under Section 22 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.’.

 


 

Enforcement action

 

Sarah Teather

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A local authority other than the primary authority (‘an enforcing authority’) must

 

inform the primary authority of any breaches of legislation of which it becomes

 

aware.

 

(2)    

An enforcing authority wishing to take any enforcement action through the courts

 

against the regulated person must seek a statement from the primary authority.

 

(3)    

Any statement issued under subsection (2) shall include—

 

(a)    

Such information on the history of the relationship between the primary

 

authority and the regulated person as the primary authority feels is

 

relevant to the case; and

 

(b)    

any specific written advice that has been issued by the primary authority

 

on the matter in question.

 

(4)    

Any statement issued under subsection (2) must be disclosed to the regulated

 

person.’.

 


 

Compliance plan

 

Sarah Teather

 

Lorely Burt

 

Withdrawn  NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A primary authority may, after consultation with a regulated person, publish a

 

compliance plan in respect of that person.

 

(2)    

A compliance plan under subsection (1) shall be a plan containing information

 

regarding the regulated person.

 

(3)    

A compliance plan under subsection (1) may, in particular, set out information

 

which may be of use to other local authorities, which may be enforcing authorities

 

in respect of the regulated person, regarding that person’s operation including—

 

(a)    

processes and procedures employed by the regulated person to ensure

 

compliance with legal requirements relating to relevant functions;

 

(b)    

planned improvements in that person’s premises or processes which

 

affect compliance;

 

(c)    

planned employee training relating to compliance;

 

(d)    

external accreditation or audit relating to compliance;

 

(e)    

suggested priorities for inspections and other interventions; and


 
 

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(f)    

other information of use to local authorities in carrying out their

 

regulatory functions.

 

(4)    

LBRO may publish compliance plans and bring them to the notice of relevant

 

local authorities.

 

(5)    

The primary authority may from time to time revise compliance plans following

 

consultation with the regulated person.’.

 


 

Mr Pat McFadden

 

That certain written evidence already reported to the House be appended to the

 

proceedings of the Committee.                                                                                                                            

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Agreed to

 

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

 


 
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