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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Local Government Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
     Page 3, line 31, leave out ("different") 
     Page 3, line 31, at end insert (",  as appropriate, to those authorities that are responsible for the provision of the particular service") 
     Page 3, line 32, leave out paragraphs (a) to (c) 
     Page 4, line 2, at end insert ("subject to appeal to the Secretary of State") 
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
     Page 4, line 5, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Any additional costs falling on an authority as a consequence of this section shall be included as an addition to the authority's Standard Spending Assessment in the subsequent financial year.")
 
  
Clause 10
 
  
BY THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
     Page 8, line 25, at end insert ("and inform the authority concerned") 
  
After Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  The following shall be substituted for section 139A(1) and (2) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 (reports on administration of housing benefit and council tax benefit)--
    (1)  The Secretary of State may authorise persons to consider and report to him on the administration by authorities of housing benefit and council tax benefit.
    (2)  The Secretary of State may ask persons authorised under subsection (1) to consider in particular--
      (a)  authorities' performance in the prevention and detection of fraud relating to housing benefit and council tax benefit;
      (b)  authorities' compliance with the requirements of Part I of the Local Government Act 1999 (best value).
        (2A)  A person may be authorised under subsection (1)--
      (a)  on such terms and for such period as the Secretary of State thinks fit;
      (b)  to act generally or in relation to a specified authority or authorities;
      (c)  to report on administration generally or on specified matters."
    (2)  In section 139C(1) of that Act (reports) for the words from "in particular" to the end there shall be substituted "in particular--
      (a)  in the prevention and detection of fraud relating to benefit, or
      (b)  for the purposes of complying with the requirements of Part I of the Local Government Act 1999 (best value)."")
Inspections: housing benefit and council tax benefit.
1992 c. 5.
  
Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
     Page 10, line 16, leave out paragraph (d) 
     Page 10, line 25, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Where this section applies in relation to an authority the Secretary of State may direct the authority to take any action which he considers necessary or expedient to secure its compliance with the requirements of this Part.")
 
     Page 10, line 35, at end insert--
 
    ("(5A)  The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision which--
    (a)  relates to an enactment which confers a function on him in respect of a function of a best value authority, and
    (b)  he considers necessary or expedient for the purposes of cases in which he makes a direction under subsection (5)(a).
    (5B)  Regulations under subsection (5A) may, in relation to the cases mentioned in subsection (5A)(b)--
    (a)  disapply or modify an enactment of the kind mentioned in subsection (5A)(a);
    (b)  have an effect similar to the effect of an enactment of that kind.")
 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
     Page 11, line 13, after ("enactment") insert ("made before the passage of this Act") 
     Page 11, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  This section shall cease to have effect on 1st April 2005 unless previously extended by order approved by both Houses of Parliament.")
 
  
Clause 26
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
     Page 16, line 23, leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert--
 
    ("(2)  The Secretary of State may by order provide for--
    (a)  any of sections 1 to 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24 and 25 to be brought into force in relation to England before the time appointed by subsection (1);
    (b)  any of those sections, in so far as it relates to an authority falling within section 1(1)(d) or (e), to be brought into force in relation to Wales before that time;
    (c)  any of sections (Inspections: housing benefit and council tax benefit), 15 to 17 and 23 to be brought into force before that time.
    (3)  The National Assembly for Wales may by order provide for any of the sections mentioned in subsection (2)(a), except in so far as it relates to an authority falling within section 1(1)(d) or (e), to be brought into force in relation to Wales before the time appointed by subsection (1).")
 
  
Clause 27
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
     Page 16, line 35, at end insert ("14 or") 
  
Clause 28
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
     Page 17, line 4, leave out ("sections 15 to 17 or section 26") and insert ("any of sections (Inspections: housing benefit and council tax benefit), 15 to 17, 23 and 26") 
     Page 17, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Section 14(5A)(a) shall apply to Wales as if the reference to a function conferred on the Secretary of State were a reference to a function conferred on the National Assembly for Wales or the Secretary of State; but the Assembly may not make regulations under section 14(5A) which relate to a function conferred on the Secretary of State without his approval.")
 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
     Page 17, line 17, after ("applies") insert ("for the purpose of eliminating any liability of a billing authority as a consequence of the limitation of council tax benefit subsidy resulting from of a decision taken by a precepting authority") 
 
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