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(h)    

publish the response.

 

(3)    

In this section, an “accepted recommendation” means a recommendation

 

submitted to a person covered by subsection (2)(a-d), where the requirements of

 

subsection (2)(e-h) have been satisfied.

 

(4)    

Subsection (2) will not apply where a recommendation is made which does not

 

relate to—

 

(a)    

an issue for which the subject of that recommendation is responsible, and

 

(b)    

an issue which does not affect the inhabitants of the area.

 

(5)    

An overview and scrutiny committee may require updates to be provided on the

 

implementation of an accepted recommendation.

 

(6)    

Where an overview and scrutiny committee proposes to exercise the powers in

 

subsection (4), this requirement must—

 

(a)    

be set out at the time the recommendation is made under subsection (2),

 

(b)    

indicate after what period of time an update, or updates, will be required,

 

and

 

(c)    

specify the format in which the update is to be provided.

 

9FG    

Statutory scrutiny officers

 

(1)    

A local authority must designate one of its officers to discharge the functions in

 

subsection (2).

 

(2)    

Those functions are:

 

(a)    

to promote the role of overview and scrutiny within the locality,

 

(b)    

to provide support to the authority’s scrutiny functions, and

 

(c)    

to provide support and guidance to—

 

(i)    

members of the authority,

 

(ii)    

such persons who are not members of the authority but who sit

 

on an overview and scrutiny committee or committees,

 

(iii)    

officers of the authority, and

 

(iv)    

other designated persons to which section 9F(2) applies,

 

    

in relation to the authority’s scrutiny function.

 

(3)    

An officer designated by a local authority under this section is to be known as the

 

authority’s “statutory scrutiny officer”.

 

(4)    

The local authority must provide the scrutiny officer with such staff,

 

accommodation and other resources as are, in the officer’s opinion, sufficient to

 

allow the officer to discharge the functions in subsection (2).

 

(5)    

A local authority may not designate any of the following under this section:

 

(a)    

the head of the authority’s paid service designated under section 4 of the

 

Local Government and Housing Act 1989,

 

(b)    

the authority’s monitoring officer designated under section 5 of that Act,

 

or

 

(c)    

the authority’s chief finance officer, within the meaning of that section.

 

9FH    

Reference by a member of an authority to an overview and scrutiny

 

committee (councillor call for action)

 

(1)    

The constitution of a local authority must include provision which enables any

 

member of an overview and scrutiny committee of the authority to refer to the

 

committee any matter which is relevant to the functions of the committee.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of subsection (1), provision enables a person to refer a matter to

 

a committee or sub-committee if it enables the person to ensure that the matter is

 

included in the agenda for, and discussed at, a meeting of the committee or sub-

 

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(3)    

The scrutiny function must develop and have regard to procedures (“councillor

 

call for action procedures”), which should be applied by the relevant scrutiny

 

committee, and which ensure that such provision referred to in subsections (1)

 

and (2) operate in an effective way. Such provisions should ensure that—

 

(a)    

reference to committee occurs where other avenues for resolution have

 

been exhausted,

 

(b)    

the matter affects all or part of the electoral area for which the member is

 

elected or any person who lives or works in that area,

 

(c)    

the matter relates to the authority or a designated person, and

 

(d)    

such a reference is not vexatious, persistent or discriminatory.

 

(4)    

In reaching their decisions under paragraph (3), the committee should also have

 

regard to:

 

(a)    

any powers which the member may exercise in relation to the matter by

 

virtue of section 236 of the Local Government and Public Involvement

 

in Health Act 2007 (exercise of functions by local councillors in

 

England),

 

(b)    

any representations made by the member as to why it would be

 

appropriate for the committee to exercise any of its powers under section

 

9F(2) and 9FB in relation to the matter, and

 

(c)    

the powers under sections 9F and 9FB.

 

(5)    

Where the committee proposes to refer a matter for discussion under subsections

 

(1) and (2) it may have recourse to its powers under sections 9F and 9FB.

 

9FI    

Publication of reports, recommendations and responses — confidential and

 

exempt information

 

(1)    

Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 shall have effect with regard to

 

overview and scrutiny committees.

 

(2)    

Where publication would involve making public any confidential or exempt

 

information, a summary of the document or report shall be produced which omits

 

the information.

 

(3)    

Where a witness at an overview and scrutiny committee is asked a question, the

 

answer to which would require them to provide information which would, if

 

published, be confidential or exempt, they will not be obliged to do so if the

 

committee is meeting in public.

 

(4)    

In this section:

 

(a)    

“confidential information” has the meaning given by section 100A(3) of

 

the Local Government Act 1972 (admission to meetings of principal

 

councils),

 

(b)    

“exempt information” has the meaning given by:

 

(i)    

section 100I of that Act, or in relation to a report or

 

recommendations of an overview and scrutiny committee,

 

(ii)    

a resolution of the overview and scrutiny committee under

 

section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 which

 

applies to the proceedings, or part of the proceedings, at any

 

meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee at which the

 

report is, or recommendations are, considered, and

 

(iii)    

section 246 of the National Health Service Act 2006.’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  191,  line  25,  leave out paragraphs (1) and (2) and insert—


 
 

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‘(1)    

There is a presumption that meetings of a local authority executive, or a

 

committee of such an executive, are to be open to the public.

 

(2)    

A local authority executive, or a committee of such an executive, may decide to

 

hold a meeting in private if it thinks that in all the circumstances it would be

 

inappropriate to hold that meeting in public.’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  191,  line  31,  leave out ‘prescribed’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  191,  line  34,  leave out ‘prescribed’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  191,  line  38,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  192,  line  23,  leave out subsections (a) and (b).

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  194,  line  27,  leave out paragraphs 9HA to 9HE.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  196,  line  43,  leave out ‘or requiring’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  196,  line  43,  leave out ‘operating a mayor and cabinet executive’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  196,  line  45,  at end insert ‘or elected leader’.


 
 

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Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  197,  line  1,  leave out ‘operating a mayor and cabinet executive’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  197,  line  4,  at end insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  197,  line  6,  after ‘mayors’, insert ‘or elected leaders’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  197,  line  17,  after ‘mayor’, insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  198,  line  37,  after ‘mayor’, insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  198,  line  39,  after ‘mayor’, insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  198,  line  45,  after ‘mayor’, insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  198,  line  48,  after ‘mayor’, insert ‘or elected leader’.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  204,  line  17,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.


 
 

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Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  206,  line  29,  leave out sub-paragraph (5).

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  210,  line  3,  leave out paragraph 9MD.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  210,  line  26,  leave out paragraph 9ME.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  212,  line  19,  leave out paragraphs 9N to 9ND.

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  215,  line  8,  leave out sub-paragraph (d).

 

Barbara Keeley

 

Alison Seabeck

 

Jack Dromey

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  215,  line  12,  leave out sub-paragraph (c).

 


 

Andrea Leadsom

 

Graham Stuart

 

Jackie Doyle-Price

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Simon Reevell

 

Andrew Griffiths

 

Mr David Davis

 

Philip Davies

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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Schedule  9,  page  299,  line  11,  after ‘(1)(b)’, insert ‘except that for the purpose of

 

this definition the reference to “50 megawatts” in section 15(2)(c) of the Planning Act

 

2008 is to be read as “100 megawatts”’.

 


 
 

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Order of the House [17 January 2011]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Localism Bill—

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 10 March 2011.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the

 

Lords) may be programmed.

 

 

Order of the Committee [25 January 2011]

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.30 am on Tuesday 25

 

January) meet—

 

(a)  

at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 25 January;

 

(b)  

at 9.30 am and 12.30 pm on Thursday 27 January;

 

(c)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 1 February;

 

(d)  

at 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 3 February;

 

(e)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 8 February;

 

(f)  

at 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 10 February;

 

(g)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 15 February;

 

(h)  

at 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 17 February;

 

(i)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 1 March;

 

(j)  

at 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 3 March;

 

(k)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 8 March;

 

(l)  

at 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 10 March;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table—


 
 

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TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Local Government Association; Localis;

 
 

25 January

11.00 am

Centre for Local Economic Strategies; Local

 
   

Government Information Unit.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Cllr. Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire

 
 

25 January

11.30 am

Council; Cllr. Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire

 
   

West and Chester Council; Civic Voice.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

SOLACE; New Local Government Network;

 
 

25 January

12.15 pm

Prof. George Jones, Emeritus Professor of

 
   

Government, London School of Economics;

 
   

Prof. John Stewart, Emeritus Professor of

 
   

Local Government and Administration,

 
   

University of Birmingham.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Greater London Authority; London Councils;

 
 

25 January

1.00 pm

Unison.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Chartered Institute for Housing; Shelter;

 
 

25 January

5.00 pm

National Housing Federation; Brent Private

 
   

Tenants Rights Group; Tenant Services

 
   

Authority.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Barratt Developments; Redrow; Taylor

 
 

25 January

6.00 pm

Wimpey; Emerson Group.

 
 

Tuesday

Until no later than

Home Builders Federation; British Property

 
 

25 January

7.00 pm

Federation; National Federation of ALMOs;

 
   

British Land.

 
 

Thursday

Until no later than

Confederation of British Industry; British

 
 

27 January

10.25 am

Chambers of Commerce; Federation of Small

 
   

Businesses.

 
 

Thursday

Until no later than

Wildlife and Countryside Link; Royal Society

 
 

27 January

1.15 pm

for the Protection of Birds; Campaign to

 
   

Protect Rural England; The Country Land and

 
   

Business Association; Action with

 
   

Communities in Rural England.

 
 

Thursday

Until no later than

Town and Country Planning Association;

 
 

27 January

2.00 pm

Planning Officers Society; Royal Town

 
   

Planning Institute; Royal Institute of

 
   

Chartered Surveyors.

 
 

Thursday

Until no later than

National Association of Local Councils;

 
 

27 January

2.45 pm

National Council for Voluntary

 
   

Organisations; Association of Chief

 
   

Executives of Voluntary Organisations;

 
   

National Association for Voluntary and

 
   

Community Action; Open Spaces Society.

 
 

Thursday

Until no later than

Department for Communities and Local

 
 

27 January

3.30 pm

Government.

 

 
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