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Page 4, line 3, at end insert--
("(1A) Before passing such a resolution as is referred to in subsection (1) above in respect of experimental decision-making arrangements, a local authority shall take reasonable steps to inform and consult local government electors, and other interested persons, in the authority's area about the main features of the arrangements.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, in moving Amendment No. 10, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 11, 12, 16 and 18. It has always been the intention of the Bill to make local authorities more aware of the needs and desires of the people they serve. Amendment No. 10 extends that principle to the formulation of an application to the Secretary of State to operate experimental arrangements. It requires a local authority, before passing a resolution to make an application to experiment, to take all reasonable steps to inform and consult their electorate and other interested parties, such as local businesses and volunteer groups, on the nature of their proposed arrangements. Amendment No. 12 requires the authority to include in its application to the Secretary of State a copy of a report describing what actions they took to consult in this way and a summary of the views expressed.

Amendments Nos. 16 and 18 make similar provision for the circumstances where an authority is seeking to change its experiment.

The amendments will ensure that local authorities wishing to experiment with innovative forms of decision-taking arrangements will be fully aware of the views of their electorate. I believe that this will assist those authorities in choosing the most appropriate form of experimentation for their area and enable them to proceed in the knowledge that they have public support for their chosen course of action. I beg to move Amendment No. 10.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, I can add little to what the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, has already said. The Government support the amendments and are again grateful to the noble Lord for bringing them forward and for the support given to them from other Members of the House.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 11 not moved.]

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Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 12:


Page 4, line 9, at end insert--
("(ca) must be accompanied by a copy of a report which describes the steps that the authority took under subsection (1A) above and which summarises the views that were expressed to the authority about the arrangements;").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 10. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 13 not moved.]

Clause 4 [Approval of applications under section 3]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 14:


Page 4, line 46, at end insert ("and
(b) to the extent to which the experimental decision-making arrangements have been formulated in accordance with any guidance for the time being issued under section (Guidance) above.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 2. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 15:


Page 5, line 16, after ("of") insert ("those or any other").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 6. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 6 [Applications for extension or variation of experimental decision-making arrangements]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 16:


Page 6, line 41, at end insert--
("(2A) Before passing such a resolution as is referred to in subsection (2) above in respect of an application under paragraph (b) or (c) of that subsection, a local authority shall take reasonable steps to inform and consult local government electors, and other interested persons, in the authority's area about the main features of the varied arrangements.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I have already spoken to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 10. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 17 not moved.]

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 18:


Page 7, line 20, at end insert--
("(ba) must be accompanied by a copy of a report which describes the steps that the authority took under subsection (2A) above and which summarises the views that were expressed to the authority about the varied arrangements;").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I also spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 10. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

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Clause 7 [Approval of applications under section 6]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 19:


Page 8, line 27, after ("process;") insert--
("(ba) to the extent to which the varied arrangements have been formulated in accordance with any guidance for the time being issued under section (Guidance) above;").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 2. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 10 [Extension and variation of arrangements etc: orders under section 7(6)]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 20:


Page 11, line 22, at end insert ("(but with the reference in section 9(8)(c) to section 7(5) above taken as a reference to section 7(6) above)").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I have already spoken to this amendment on the debate on Amendment No. 6. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 12 [Termination of experimental decision-making arrangements]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 21:


Page 13, line 7, at end insert--
("(6A) The Secretary of State may--
(a) in connection with the approval of an application under subsection (3) above, or
(b) of his own motion,
make an order which revokes any order made under this Act in relation to a local authority.
(6B) An order under this section which is made by the Secretary of State of his own motion may specify a date upon which a local authority must terminate the operation of experimental decision-making arrangements.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment in the debate on Amendment No. 6. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendments Nos. 22 and 23:


Page 13, line 14, leave out subsection (9).
Page 13, line 26, after ("section") insert--
("(a) may make such supplemental, incidental, consequential or transitional provision (including provision modifying enactments or applying enactments with or without modifications) as the Secretary of State thinks necessary or expedient; and
(b)")

The noble Lord said: My Lords, if the House agrees, I should be delighted to move Amendments Nos. 22 and 23 en bloc. I spoke to them in earlier debates and no major points arise from them. I beg to move.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Clause 13 [Interpretation etc]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendments Nos. 24 and 25:


Page 13, line 40, at end insert--
(""scrutiny committee" has the meaning given by section 1 above;").

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Page 13, line 40, at end insert--
(""local government elector" has the meaning given by section 1 above;").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

8.30 p.m.

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendment No. 26:


Page 13, line 45, at end insert--
("(3) Before issuing any guidance under this Act, the Secretary of State shall consult the Local Government Association or such other representatives of local government as appear to him to be appropriate.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to Amendment No. 26 in the debate on Amendment No. 2. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule [Modifications of enactments which may be specified in an order under section 4 or 7]:

Lord Hunt of Tanworth moved Amendments Nos. 27 to 31:


Page 16, line 18, after ("below") insert ("or section 4 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970").
Page 16, line 23, leave out ("exercise") and insert ("discharge").
Page 16, line 29, leave out ("exercise") and insert ("discharge").
Page 17, line 31, leave out ("exercise") and insert ("discharge").
Page 17, line 39, leave out ("exercise") and insert ("discharge").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to these amendments in the debate on Amendment No. 6. With the leave of the House I shall move them en bloc. I beg to move.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

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