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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 22 October 2009

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Child Poverty Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [20 October 2009].

 


 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

21

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

The Secretary of State shall also ensure that interim targets for child poverty are

 

met in relation to the United Kingdom in the financial year beginning with 1 April

 

2015, where such interim targets are specified by the Child Poverty

 

Commission.’.

 


 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

22

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  13,  leave out ‘10’ and insert ‘5’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2009                  

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Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

13

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  13,  leave out from ‘of’ to ‘fall’ in line 14 and insert

 

‘qualifying households’.

 


 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

14

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  3,  leave out from ‘of’ to ‘fall’ in line 4 and insert ‘qualifying

 

households’.

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

17

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert ‘, and

 

(c)    

experience bad housing conditions.’.

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

18

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  12,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

Regulations must specify the circumstances in which a child is to be regarded for

 

the purposes of subsection (1) (c) as experiencing bad housing conditions.’.

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

19

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  12,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

Regulations must specify the circumstances in which a child is to be regarded for

 

the purposes of subsection (1) (b) as experiencing material deprivation in relation

 

to housing.’.

 


 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

15

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  14,  leave out from ‘of’ to ‘within’ in line 15 and insert

 

‘qualifying households fall’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2009                  

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Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

16

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  29,  leave out from ‘of’ to ‘households’ in line 31 and insert

 

‘qualifying’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

23

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  37,  leave out ‘2015’ and insert ‘2012’.

 


 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

24

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

The publication of analysis of the sensitivity of the estimates of child

 

poverty under sections 2, 3, 4 and 5 to the methodological assumptions

 

which underlie those estimates.’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

25

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

How poverty among children who are not included in household surveys

 

is to be assessed.’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

26

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

How the statistical surveys used to calculate poverty rates are to be re-

 

weighted to reflect under-reporting of specified groups.’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

28

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  14,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

27

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  18,  at end add ‘and the costs associated with disability.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2009                  

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Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  3,  leave out lines 29 to 32.

 


 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

9

 

Schedule  1,  page  16,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(1A)  

The appointment of the chair under sub-paragraph (1)(a) must be approved by

 

a resolution of the House of Commons within three months of the appointment.

 

    (1B)  

Before appointing a chair under subparagraph (1)(a), the Secretary of State

 

must consult the Treasury, Work and Pensions, and Children, Schools and

 

Families Committees of the House of Commons, or their successors.’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

49

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  20,  at end insert ‘The sums under 9(c) shall include

 

resources to commission independent research as required.’.

 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

10

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(2)  

All such remuneration, allowances and expenses must be published monthly

 

online.’.

 


 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

1

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  21,  at end insert ‘and the promotion of economic enterprise’.

 

Ms Karen Buck

 

50

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  23,  after ‘education’, insert ‘childcare’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

30

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  24,  after ‘housing,’, insert ‘transport,’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2009                  

35

 

Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Gauke

 

Andrew Selous

 

James Duddridge

 

2

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

reducing family breakdown

 

(f)    

assisting children in families with disabilities

 

(g)    

assisting children from minority ethnic backgrounds.’.

 

Ms Sally Keeble

 

20

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  25,  at end insert ‘, and

 

(e)    

the criminal justice system.’.

 

Steve Webb

 

John Barrett

 

47

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  25,  at end add—

 

‘(e)    

childcare’.

 


 

Ms Karen Buck

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

If after receiving advice from the Commission the Secretary of State lays before

 

Parliament a strategy or a revised strategy, he shall lay with the strategy or the

 

revised strategy a copy of the advice from the Commission and a statement

 

showing:

 

(a)    

the extent to which he has, in framing the strategy, given effect to the

 

advice of the Commission; and

 

(b)    

in so far as effect has not been given to the advice of the Commission, his

 

reasons why not.’.

 


 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

33

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Scottish Ministers must, on or before each report date relating to a Scottish

 

strategy, lay before the Scottish Parliament a report which—

 

(a)    

describes the measures taken by the Scottish Ministers in accordance

 

with the Scottish strategy,

 

(b)    

describes the effect of those measures in contributing to the meeting of

 

the targets in sections 2 to 5, and

 

(c)    

describes other effects of those measures that contribute to the

 

achievement of the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

 

( )    

The report dates relating to a Scottish strategy are each anniversary of the day on

 

which it was laid before the Scottish Parliament, other than an anniversary which

 

falls—


 
 

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Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

on or after the date on which a subsequent Scottish strategy is so laid, or

 

(b)    

after the end of the target year.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Scottish Ministers to lay before the Scottish Parliament an annual

 

report describing how measures taken in accordance with the current Scottish strategy have

 

contributed to meeting the targets and to ensuring that children in Scotland do not experience

 

socio-economic disadvantage.

 


 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

34

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  32,  leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department

 

proposes’ and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments propose’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment replaces the reference to the relevant Northern Ireland department with a

 

reference to the Northern Ireland departments. The intention is to recognise that departments

 

other than the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will take measures in

 

accordance with the Northern Ireland strategy.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

35

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  44,  leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department

 

intends’ and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department intends’

 

and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

37

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  7,  leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department intends’

 

and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

38

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  12,  leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department’ and

 

insert ‘Northern Ireland departments’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  19,  at end insert—


 
 

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Child Poverty Bill, continued

 
 

‘( )    

The relevant Northern Ireland department must, on or before each report date

 

relating to a Northern Ireland strategy, lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly

 

a report which—

 

(a)    

describes the measures taken by the Northern Ireland departments in

 

accordance with the Northern Ireland strategy,

 

(b)    

describes the effect of those measures in contributing to the meeting of

 

the targets in sections 2 to 5, and

 

(c)    

describes other effects of those measures that contribute to the

 

achievement of the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

 

( )    

The report dates relating to a Northern Ireland strategy are each anniversary of the

 

day on which it was laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly, other than an

 

anniversary which falls—

 

(a)    

on or after the date on which a subsequent Northern Ireland strategy is so

 

laid, or

 

(b)    

after the end of the target year.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the relevant Northern Ireland department to lay before the Northern

 

Ireland Assembly an annual report describing how measures taken in accordance with the current

 

Northern Ireland strategy have contributed to meeting the targets and to ensuring that children in

 

Northern Ireland do not experience socio-economic disadvantage.

 


 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

40

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  3,  leave out from beginning to ‘lay’ and insert ‘The

 

Secretary of State must, on or before each report date relating to a UK strategy’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment (with amendments 41, 42, 43 and 45) clarifies the wording of clause 13. The

 

laying of each UK strategy triggers an obligation to lay annual reports on the implementation of

 

that strategy, until either the next strategy is laid or the end of the target year is reached.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  7,  leave out ‘current’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 40.

 

Mr Stephen Timms

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  13,  page  8,  line  8,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

‘(2)    

The report dates relating to a UK strategy are each anniversary of the day on

 

which it was laid before Parliament, other than an anniversary which falls—

 

(a)    

on or after the date on which a subsequent UK strategy is so laid, or

 

(b)    

after the end of the target year.’

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 40.


 
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