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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Monday 18 January 2010

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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 Jeremy Browne

 

Dr Vincent Cable

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Dr John Pugh

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer may, for the purpose of securing sound public

 

finances, by order made by statutory instrument disapply this section in relation

 

to any period of not more than one year beginning with the coming into force of

 

the order.

 

(5)    

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must not make an order containing, with or

 

without other provision, any provision disapplying this section in relation to any

 

period unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved

 

by a resolution of the House of Commons.’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

Dr Vincent Cable

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Dr John Pugh

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end add—


 
 

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

‘(4)    

This section shall not come in to force until the Treasury has laid before the House

 

of Commons a review of the accuracy of the projections of public sector net

 

borrowing contained within—

 

(a)    

The Budget 2008,

 

(b)    

The Pre-Budget Report 2008,

 

(c)    

The Budget 2009, and

 

(d)    

The Pre-Budget Report 2009.

 

(5)    

A review under subsection (4) is subject to approval by resolution of the House

 

of Commons.’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

The initial duties as set out in subsections (1) to (3) above shall have no effect if

 

a Minister certifies at the end of each financial year that fiscal policy has been

 

conducted over the relevant period in accordance with section [Principles] and in

 

compliance with orders made under section [Duties for securing sound public

 

finances]’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  1,  line  1,  leave out Clause 1.

 


 

Stewart Hosie

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  1,  line  15,  leave out Clause 2.

 


 

Stewart Hosie

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  21,  leave out ‘duty in section 1(1)’ and insert ‘principles in

 

section [Principles]’.

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A report made by the Treasury under subsection (1) above shall include a report

 

on progress towards compliance with the principle of transparency as set out in

 

the code for fiscal stability in fulfilling duties imposed by section 9 of the

 

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  27,  leave out ‘duty in section 1(1) applies’ and insert

 

‘principles in section [Principles] apply’.


 
 

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

Stewart Hosie

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  29,  leave out ‘duty relating to that financial year was’ and

 

insert ‘principles were’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  32,  leave out ‘duty in section 1(1)’ and insert ‘principles in

 

section [Principles]’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  38,  leave out ‘duty in section 1(1) was’ and insert ‘principles

 

in section [Principles] were’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  41,  leave out ‘duty in section 1(3)’ and insert ‘principles in

 

section [Principles]’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  1,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

The Treasury has a duty to ensure that independent advice is available to

 

Parliament on progress in compliance with the duties imposed under sections 1

 

and 2, and to ensure that an annual report of such independent advice is made one

 

month before the Budget containing—

 

(a)    

fiscal forecasts, including public sector net borrowing and public sector

 

net debt;

 

(b)    

short term forecasts of the state of public finances, including a best

 

estimate of all future and current liabilities of the Government;

 

(c)    

a forward-looking judgement of the sustainability of the public finances,

 

including public sector net borrowing and public sector net debt;

 

(d)    

conclusions and recommendations on progress made in meeting any

 

fiscal objectives arising as a result of the duties imposed under this Act

 

for securing sound public finances.’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 18 January 2010                  

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

John McDonnell

 

Mr David Drew

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

Mrs Linda Riordan

 

Mr Neil Gerrard

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Reports under subsection (7) above shall include an assessment of the extent to

 

which the principles contained in the code for fiscal stability of—

 

(a)    

responsibility and efficiency in the use and management of public assets,

 

and

 

(b)    

fairness in taking into account the financial effects on future generations

 

and the distributional impact on the current population

 

    

have been reflected in the fulfilment of duties imposed by orders under section

 

2.’.

 


 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

Dr Vincent Cable

 

Mr Colin Breed

 

Dr John Pugh

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  15,  leave out subsections (2) and (3).

 

Stewart Hosie

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  16,  leave out ‘duties in section 1’ and insert ‘principles in

 

section [Principles]’.

 

Stewart Hosie

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  3,  leave out line 22.

 


 

Mr David Gauke

 

James Duddridge

 

3

 

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

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 18 January 2010                  

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

New Clauses

 

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.’.

 


 

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.’.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 18 January 2010                  

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

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.

 

(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


 
 

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Fiscal Responsibility Bill, continued

 
 

(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

 

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.


 
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