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Baroness Crawley: I hope that I can enlighten the noble Baroness. Amendments Nos. 227 to 235 provide some fine-tuning to Clauses 176 and 178 further to clarify the local commissioners’ powers relating to the

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publication of information on an anonymised basis and to make recommendations in their reports as to how local authorities should resolve instances of maladministration or service failure. The changes further clarify the jurisdiction of the local commissioners and avert any unintended operational difficulties for the local commissioners.

Amendments Nos. 273 to 279 and 282 to 286 are necessary to complement the Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc. between Ombudsmen) Order 2007, which facilitates joint working between the parliamentary, health and local commissioners.

As to Amendment No. 226B, it may be helpful if I first explain the general background to Clause 173. This clause is intended to make it clear that the local commissioners’ jurisdiction extends to the investigation of maladministration or service failure where local authority functions are exercised under partnership arrangements. By way of further clarification in this respect, we have also taken the opportunity to reformulate the wording of Section 25 of the Local Government Act 1974 on the “relevant matters” falling with the commissioners’ jurisdiction, as this has been subject to many amendments over the years and has consequently become somewhat difficult to decipher. The effect of this amendment would be to reverse our proposed repeal of subsection (4A)(c) of Section 25 of the Local Government Act 1974, which provides for the Greater London Authority to be responsible to the Local Government Ombudsman for actions of any body or person,

We have proposed the repeal of this subsection because we are replacing it with a clearer formulation more generally, whereby any authority that comes within the local commissioners’ jurisdiction is responsible for the actions of,

Our repeal does not alter the position on the local commissioners’ jurisdiction with regard to functions exercised by the GLA. I hope that that has enlightened the noble Baroness and that she will agree to withdraw the amendment.

Baroness Hamwee: Somewhat to my surprise, I understood that answer and I am grateful for it. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 173 agreed to.

Clauses 174 and 175 agreed to.

Clause 176 [Reports and statements of reasons]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 227 to 230:

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On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 176, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 177 agreed to.

Clause 178 [Publication of reports etc by Commissioners]:

Baroness Andrews moved Amendments Nos. 231 to 235:

(a) any part of a statement under section 30, and (b) any part of a summary of a matter,that is published, or a copy of which is supplied, under this section”

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On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 178, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 179 to 183 agreed to.

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House resumed.

London Local Authorities Bill [HL]

The Bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments. The amendments were considered and agreed to.

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