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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 14 January 2010

 

Committee of the whole House


 

Fiscal Responsibility Bill

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  after ‘2016’, insert ‘the structural element of’.

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  after ‘2014,’, insert ‘the structural element of’.

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

3

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  28,  after ‘expressions “’, insert ‘the structural element of’.

 

Commencement

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This Act comes into force on such day as the Treasury may by order made by

 

statutory instrument appoint.

 

(2)    

No such order may be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing

 

it has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of the House of

 

Commons.

 

(3)    

No such draft may be laid until the Treasury has conducted a consultation on the

 

contents of this Act and laid before Parliament a report setting out a summary of

 

responses.’.


 
 

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Creation of government expenditure website

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Treasury shall create, or cause to be created, a publicly searchable website

 

containing information about expenditure by all government departments and

 

executive agencies.

 

(2)    

Expenditure which derives, directly or indirectly, from the Scottish Consolidated

 

Fund or the Welsh Consolidated Fund is not covered by this Part.

 

(3)    

Access to the information on the website must not be conditional on the payment

 

of any fee.

 

(4)    

Information about expenditure by government departments or executive agencies

 

must be available on the website within 30 days of the date on which the

 

expenditure was incurred.

 

(5)    

The information in subsection (4) must remain available for a period ending five

 

years after the end of the financial year in which the expenditure was incurred.

 

(6)    

In this section “financial year” means the period of 12 months ending with 31

 

March in any year.’.

 

Power of Treasury to extend website to expenditure by other bodies

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Treasury may by regulations require any body or person in the public sector

 

which receives funding directly or indirectly from a government department or

 

executive agency to provide information about its expenditure for inclusion on

 

the website in the same way as that required for government departments or

 

executive agencies.

 

(2)    

A person or body is in the public sector for the purposes of this section if the

 

Office for National Statistics classifies it to the public sector in the national

 

accounts.’.

 

Power of Treasury to specify content and availability of website

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Treasury may by regulations specify the content and availablility of the

 

website required by section [Creation of government expenditure website]

 

including, but not limited to—

 

(a)    

the times during which the website must be available for public access;

 

(b)    

the nature of the information that must be made available; and

 

(c)    

the use of classification or coding systems in order to facilitate analysis

 

of the expenditure.


 
 

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(2)    

The regulations may req uire different information to be made available for items

 

of expenditure above one or more specified thresholds.’.

 

Exempt information

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This Part does not require information to be made available on the website if its

 

availability would, or would be likely to, prejudice—

 

(a)    

national security;

 

(b)    

the defence of the British Isles or of any colony;

 

(c)    

the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces of the Crown

 

and any forces cooperating with those forces; or

 

(d)    

relations between the United Kingdom and any other State, international

 

organisation or international court.

 

(2)    

In this section—

 

“international court” means any international court which is not an

 

international organisation and which is established—

 

(a)    

by a resolution of an international organisation of which the

 

United Kingdom is a member, or

 

(b)    

by an international agreement to which the United Kingdom is a

 

party;

 

“international organisation” means any international organisation whose

 

members include any two or more States, or any organ of such an

 

organisation;

 

“State” includes the government of any State and any organ of its

 

government, and references to a State other than the United Kingdom

 

include references to any territory outside the United Kingdom.’.

 

Data Protection Act

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in this Part authorises the processing, obtaining, holding, use or

 

disclosure of information in contravention of the Data Protection Act 1998 (c.

 

29).’.

 

Regulations

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Any power of the Treasury to make regulations under sections [Power of

 

Treasury to extend website to expenditure by other bodies] and [Power of


 
 

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Treasury to specify content and availability of website] is exercisable by statutory

 

instrument.

 

(2)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations made by the Treasury under section

 

[Power of Treasury to extend website to expenditure by other bodies] must not be

 

made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a

 

resolution of, each House of Parliament.

 

(3)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations made under section [Power of

 

Treasury to specify content and availability of website] is subject to annulment in

 

pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.’.

 

Establishment of an Office for Budget Responsibility

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Treasury must establish an Office for Budget Responsibility, consisting

 

of—

 

(a)    

a Budget Responsiblity Committee, which shall have responsiblity for

 

overseeing the work of the Office for Budget Responsibility and

 

publishing its reports, and

 

(b)    

a Secretariat of the Office for Budget Responsibility, which shall support

 

the work of the Budget Responsibility Committee.’.

 

Structure of the Office for Budget Responsibility

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Budget Responsibility Committee is to consist of three permanent members,

 

of whom one shall be the chairman.

 

(2)    

Appointments to the Budget Reponsibility Committee shall be made by the

 

Chancellor, for single non-renewable terms.

 

(3)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer may appoint a person under section (2) only if

 

he is satisfied that the person has knowledge or experience which is likely to be

 

relevant to the Committee’s functions.

 

(4)    

Regulations shall specifiy the governance arrangements of the Office of Budget

 

Responsibility.

 

(5)    

Regulations made under this section may not be made unless they have been laid

 

before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.’.

 

Publications by Office for Budget Responsibility

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘(1)    

The Office for Budget Responsibility shall publish fiscal forecasts not less than

 

twice a year including in advance of the Budget and Pre-Budget Report.

 

(2)    

The forecasts published under subsection (1) shall cover the Forecast Period set

 

out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer under section [Mandate of the office of

 

budget responsibility] (3).

 

(3)    

The forecasts published under subsection (1) shall make clear any uncertainty

 

surrounding those forecasts by providing a range of outcomes around the central

 

forecast and the probabilities associated with those outcomes.

 

(4)    

The Office for Budget Responsibility shall publish, at the time of publication of

 

forecasts under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

its judgement on the sustainablity of the public finances within the

 

forecast period,

 

(b)    

its recommendations as to the net discretionary fiscal loosening or

 

tightening it deems necessary by the end of the forecast horizon in order

 

to ensure a better than fifty per cent chance of meeting the mandate for

 

the public finances set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and

 

(c)    

the consequences over the forecast period and beyond of any significant

 

deviation from its recommendations.

 

(5)    

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s publications shall not contain any

 

judgement on the balance between public spending and taxation within the net

 

discretionary fiscal loosening or tightening it deems necessary to achieve the

 

mandate set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

 

(6)    

The Office for Budget Responsibility shall also publish reports on the following

 

matters not less than once a year—

 

(a)    

an assessment of all the Government’s fiscal liabilities, including

 

estimates of public sector pension liabilities and the net present value of

 

future payments in public finance initiative projects;

 

(b)    

an assessment of the public finances over the next fifty financial years

 

under exisiting Government policies, including other trends which may

 

have a significant impact on the public finances;

 

(c)    

an assessment of whether the medium term mandate for the public

 

finances set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer is consistent with the

 

sustainability of the public finances over the time period in paragraph

 

(b).’.

 

Mandate of Office for Budget Responsibility

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Chancellor of the Excequer shall set a mandate for the public finances over

 

the Forecast Period.

 

(2)    

The mandate shall include targets in the final year of the forecast period for—

 

(a)    

a measure of public sector indebtedness, as expressed as a percentage of

 

gross domestic product, and

 

(b)    

a measure of the current budget deficit, expressed as a percentage of

 

gross domestic product.

 

(3)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer shall define the length of the Forecast Period.

 

(4)    

On each occasion when—

 

(a)    

an Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report, or


 
 

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(b)    

a Pre-Budget Report,

 

    

is laid before Parliament, the Chancellor of the Exchequer shall include a

 

statement explaining whether the Treasury’s chosen trajectory for fiscal

 

aggregates over the forecast period consistent with the recommendations of the

 

Office for Budget Responsibility.’.

 

Access to Government information

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The bodies listed in subsection (2) shall have a duty to co-operate with the

 

Committee and the Secretariat by providing relevant unpublished forecast

 

information on public spending and taxation.

 

(2)    

The following bodies shall have a duty to co-operate with the Committee and the

 

Secretariat as described in subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

HM Treasury,

 

(b)    

the Department of Work and Pensions,

 

(c)    

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and

 

(d)    

the Office for National Statistics.’.

 


 
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