Care Standards Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Lords
PART I, INTRODUCTORY - continued
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National Care Standards Commission.     6. - (1) There shall be a body corporate, to be known as the National Care Standards Commission (referred to in this Act as "the Commission"), which shall exercise in relation to England the functions conferred on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.
 
      (2) The Commission shall, in the exercise of its functions, act-
 
 
    (a) in accordance with any directions in writing given to it by the Secretary of State; and
 
    (b) under the general guidance of the Secretary of State.
      (3) Schedule 1 shall have effect with respect to the Commission.
 
General duties of the Commission.     7. - (1) The Commission shall have the general duty of keeping the Secretary of State informed about the provision in England of Part II services and, in particular, about-
 
 
    (a) the availability of the provision; and
 
    (b) the quality of the services.
      (2) The Commission shall have the general duty of encouraging improvement in the quality of Part II services provided in England.
 
      (3) The Commission shall make information about Part II services provided in England available to the public.
 
      (4) When asked to do so by the Secretary of State, the Commission shall give the Secretary of State advice or information on such matters relating to the provision in England of Part II services as may be specified in the Secretary of States's request.
 
      (5) The Commission may at any time give advice to the Secretary of State on-
 
 
    (a) any changes which the Commission think should be made, for the purpose of securing improvement in the quality of Part II services provided in England, in the standards set out in statements under section 21; and
 
    (b) any other matter connected with the provision in England of Part II services.
      (6) The Secretary of State may by regulations confer additional functions on the Commission in relation to Part II services provided in England.
 
      (7) In this section, "Part II services" means services of the kind provided by persons registered under Part II, other than the provision of-
 
 
    (a) medical or psychiatric treatment, or
 
    (b) listed services (as defined in section 2).
Inquiries with respect to the Commission.     8. - (1) The Secretary of State may cause an inquiry to be held into any matter connected with the exercise by the Commission of its functions.
 
      (2) Before an inquiry is begun, the Secretary of State may direct that it shall be held in private.
 
      (3) Where no direction has been given, the person holding the inquiry may if he thinks fit hold it, or any part of it, in private.
 
      (4) Subsections (2) to (5) of section 250 of the Local Government Act 1972 (powers in relation to local inquiries) shall apply in relation to an inquiry under this section as they apply in relation to a local inquiry under that section.
 
 
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