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Clause 43
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
166     Page 24, line 38, leave out first ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
167     Page 24, line 38, leave out second ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
168     Page 24, line 40, leave out first ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
169     Page 24, line 40, leave out second ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
170     Page 24, line 42, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
171     Page 24, line 43, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
172     Page 24, line 43, at end insert ("except as provided by subsection (6A) below") 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
173     Page 25, line 1, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
174     Page 25, line 2, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
175     Page 25, line 3, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
176     Page 25, line 4, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
177     Page 25, line 4, leave out ("arise") and insert ("occur") 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
178     Page 25, line 5, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
179     Page 25, line 6, leave out ("arises") and insert ("occurs") 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
180     Page 25, line 6, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
181     Page 25, line 7, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
182     Page 25, line 8, at end insert--
        ("(6A)  If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair of the Assembly and there is a person who is the Deputy Chair of the Assembly, that person shall (subject to the other provisions of this Act or any other enactment) also be the Chair of the Assembly until such time as the vacancy is filled in accordance with subsection (6) above.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
183     Page 25, line 9, leave out first ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
184     Page 25, line 9, leave out second ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
Clause 44
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
185     Page 25, line 13, at beginning insert--
        ("(A1)  The Assembly may hold, in addition to any meetings required to be held by or under this section or any other enactment, such other meetings as it may determine.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
186     Page 25, line 16, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
187     Page 25, line 17, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
188     Page 25, line 18, leave out from beginning to ("there") in line 19 and insert ("On such ten occasions in each calendar year as the Assembly may determine,") 
189     Page 25, line 21, leave out ("Mayor's monthly written report") and insert ("written report submitted for the meeting by the Mayor") 
190     Page 25, line 23, leave out ("question the Mayor or") and insert ("put--
            (i)  oral or written questions to the Mayor, and
            (ii)  oral questions to")
 
191     Page 25, line 25, at end insert ("; and
      (  )  to transact any other business on the agenda for the meeting")
 
192     Page 25, line 25, at end insert--
        ("(  )  The first meeting under subsection (2) above after an ordinary election shall be held not later than 25 days after the day of the poll at the election.")
 
193     Page 25, line 26, leave out subsection (3) and insert--
        ("(3)  Notice of the time and place of any meeting of the Assembly--
      (a)  shall be given to the Mayor and the Assembly members, and
      (b)  shall be published,
    in accordance with the standing orders of the Authority.
        (3A)  In the case of a meeting of the Assembly under subsection (2) above, the notice required by subsection (3) above must be given and published--
      (a)  if the meeting is the first such meeting after an ordinary election, as soon as reasonably practicable after the day of the poll at that election; or
      (b)  in any other case, at least 28 clear days before the meeting.
        (3B)  If notice of a meeting to be held under subsection (2) above has been given pursuant to subsection (3A) above, then, until that meeting has been held or the notice has been withdrawn, notice must not be given of another such meeting.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
 
194     Page 25, line 30, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
195     Page 25, line 32, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
196     Page 25, line 35, leave out ("Chair") and insert ("Chairman") 
  
Clause 45
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
197     Page 25, line 42, at beginning insert ("All questions coming before, or to be decided by, the Assembly shall be decided by a majority of the members of the Assembly present and voting at a meeting of the Assembly.
        (1A)  In the case of an equality of votes, the person chairing the meeting of the Assembly shall have a second or casting vote.
        (1B)  Subsections (1) and (1A) above are subject to any provision to the contrary contained in this or any other enactment.
        (1C)")
 
198     Page 25, line 43, after ("committees") insert ("and sub-committees") 
199     Page 26, line 1, leave out ("(1)") and insert ("(1C)") 
200     Page 26, line 1, at end insert--
      ("(  )  subsections (1) and (1A) above;")
 
201     Page 26, line 2, at end insert--
      ("(  )  section (Minutes) below;")
 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
202     Page 26, line 7, leave out from beginning to first ("the") in line 8 
203     Page 26, line 10, after ("committee") insert ("or sub-committee") 
204     Page 26, line 11, at end insert--
        ("(1A)  The Assembly may arrange for a member of staff of the Authority appointed under section 56(2) below to exercise on the Assembly's behalf any function exercisable by the Assembly under section 56(2) or 59(2) below.")
 
205     Page 26, line 11, at end insert--
        ("(1B)  Where by virtue of this section any functions exercisable by the Assembly may be discharged by a committee of the Assembly, then, unless the Assembly otherwise directs, the committee may arrange for the discharge of any of those functions by a sub-committee or by a single member of the Assembly.
        (1C)  Where by virtue of this section any functions exercisable by the Assembly may be discharged by a sub-committee of the Assembly, then, unless the Assembly or the committee concerned otherwise directs, the sub-committee may arrange for the discharge of any of those functions by a single member of the Assembly.")
 
206     Page 26, line 12, leave out subsection (2) and insert--
        ("(2)  Any arrangements made under this section by the Assembly, or by a committee or sub-committee of the Assembly, for the discharge of any functions by--
      (a)  a committee or sub-committee of the Assembly,
      (b)  a member of the Assembly, or
      (c)  a member of staff of the Authority,
    shall not prevent the Assembly, or the committee or sub-committee by whom the arrangements are made, from exercising those functions.")
 
207     Page 26, line 17, at end insert--
        ("(  )  Subsections (1) to (1B) of section 45 above shall apply in relation to a meeting of a committee or sub-committee of the Assembly as they apply in relation to a meeting of the Assembly.")
 
208     Page 26, line 17, at end insert--
        ("(  )  Subsections (1) to (2) above are subject to any express provision contained in this Act or any Act passed after this Act.")
 
  
After Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
209     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
         (" .--(1) For the purpose of discharging, in pursuance of arrangements under section 46(1)(a) above, any functions exercisable by the Assembly--
      (a)  the Assembly may appoint a committee of the Assembly (an "ordinary committee"); and
      (b)  an ordinary committee may appoint one or more sub-committees ("ordinary sub-committees").
        (2)  Subject to the provisions of this section--
      (a)  the number of members, and
      (b)  their term of office,
    shall be fixed in the case of an ordinary committee by the Assembly or, in the case of an ordinary sub-committee, by the appointing committee.
        (3)  An ordinary committee or sub-committee must not include any person who is not an Assembly member.
        (4)  The Assembly may appoint one or more committees ("advisory committees") to advise it on any matter relating to the discharge of its functions.
        (5)  An advisory committee--
      (a)  may consist of such persons (whether Assembly members or not) appointed for such term as may be determined by the Assembly; and
      (b)  may appoint one or more sub-committees ("advisory sub-committees") to advise the committee with respect to any matter on which the committee has been appointed to advise.")
Assembly committees and sub-committees.
210     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
         (" .--(1) Minutes of the proceedings of a meeting of the Assembly, or of any committee or sub-committee of the Assembly, shall be kept in such form as the Assembly may determine.
        (2)  Any such minutes shall be signed at the same or next suitable meeting of the Assembly, committee or sub-committee by the person presiding at that meeting.
        (3)  Any minute purporting to be signed as mentioned in subsection (2) above shall be received in evidence without further proof.
        (4)  For the purposes of subsection (2) above, the next suitable meeting of the Assembly, or of a committee or sub-committee of the Assembly, is their next following meeting or, where standing orders of the Authority provide for another meeting to be regarded as suitable, either the next following meeting or that other meeting.
        (5)  In the application of this section in the case of a meeting of the Assembly under section 44(2) above, "minutes" includes--
      (a)  the text of any question put pursuant to section 44(2) above at the meeting, and
      (b)  the text of the answer given to any such question,
    whether the question was put, or the answer given, orally or in writing.")
Minutes.
  
Clause 47
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
211     Page 26, line 21, after ("its") insert ("ordinary committees and advisory") 
212     Page 26, line 22, after ("ordinary") insert ("or, as the case may be, advisory") 
  
Clause 48
 
  
BY THE LORD WHITTY
 
213     Page 26, line 29, after ("council,") insert ("and
      (b)  any committee or sub-committee of the Assembly were a committee or sub-committee of a principal council, within the meaning of that Part,")
 
214     Page 26, line 38, at end insert--
        ("(2A)  In the following provisions of that Act, namely--
      (a)  section 100A(2) (which requires the exclusion of the public from meetings and makes other provision to prevent disclosure of confidential information in breach of the obligation of confidence), and
      (b)  section 100D(4) (which prevents the inclusion in a list of documents of any document which would so disclose such information),
    any reference to the disclosure (or likelihood of disclosure) of confidential information in breach of the obligation of confidence includes a reference to the disclosure of information of any of the descriptions specified in subsection (2B) below without the consent of the relevant body concerned.
        (2B)  The descriptions are--
      (a)  any information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person which was acquired in consequence of a relationship between that person and a relevant body;
      (b)  the amount of any expenditure proposed to be incurred by a relevant body under any particular contract, if and so long as disclosure would be likely to give an advantage to a person entering into, or seeking to enter into, a contract with the relevant body, whether the advantage would arise against the relevant body or another such person;
      (c)  any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to a relevant body in the course of negotiations for any particular contract, if and so long as disclosure would prejudice the relevant body in those or any other negotiations concerning the subject matter of the contract;
      (d)  the identity of any person as the person offering any particular tender for a contract for the supply of goods or services to a relevant body;
    and in this subsection "relevant body" means Transport for London or the London Development Agency.")
 
215     Page 26, line 38, at end insert--
        ("(  )  In section 100C of that Act (inspection of minutes and other documents after meetings) any reference to the minutes of a meeting shall, in the case of a meeting of the Assembly under section 44(2) above, be taken to include a reference to--
      (a)  the text of any question put pursuant to section 44(2) above at the meeting, and
      (b)  the text of the answer given to any such question,
    whether the question was put, or the answer given, orally or in writing.")
 
216     Page 26, line 38, at end insert--
        ("(  )  Nothing in section 100D (inspection of background papers) requires or authorises the inclusion in any such list as is referred to in subsection (1) of that section of any document which discloses anything which, by virtue of subsection (4) of section 37 above, is not required to be disclosed under subsection (3) or (3A) of that section.")
 
217     Page 26, line 38, at end insert--
        ("(  )  In section 100E of that Act (application to committees and sub-committees) subsection (3)(e) shall have effect as if section (Assembly committees and sub-committees) above were included among the enactments specified in section 101(9) of that Act.")
 
  
After Clause 48
 
  
BY THE LORD BRABAZON OF TARA
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
 
218*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 
         ("  .--(1)  Subject to the following provision of this section, the Authority shall make available for inspection on the request of any person, any document within its possession.
        (2)  Nothing in this section requires the Authority to make available--
      (a)  any document which discloses exempt information (as defined in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972);
      (b)  any document which discloses information within the meaning of section 100A(3) of the Local Government Act 1972.")
Disclosure of information.
 
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