Care Standards Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Lords
PART II, ESTABLISHMENTS AND AGENCIES - continued
Registration - continued

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Regulations about registration.     15. - (1) Regulations may make provision about the registration of persons under this Part in respect of establishments or agencies, and in particular about-
 
 
    (a) the making of applications for registration;
 
    (b) the contents of certificates of registration.
      (2) Regulations may provide that no application for registration under this Part may be made in respect of a fostering agency, or a voluntary adoption agency, which is an unincorporated body.
 
      (3) Regulations may also require persons registered under this Part to pay to the registration authority an annual fee of such amount, and at such a time, as may be prescribed.
 
      (4) A fee payable by virtue of this section may, without prejudice to any other method of recovery, be recovered summarily as a civil debt.
 
 
Registration procedure
Notice of proposals.     16. - (1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply where a person applies for registration in respect of an establishment or agency.
 
      (2) If the registration authority proposes to grant the application subject to any conditions which have not been agreed in writing between it and the applicant, it shall give the applicant written notice of its proposal and of the conditions subject to which it proposes to grant his application.
 
      (3) The registration authority shall give the applicant notice of a proposal to refuse the application.
 
      (4) Except where it makes an application under section 19, the registration authority shall give any person registered in respect of an establishment or agency notice of a proposal-
 
 
    (a) to cancel the registration (otherwise than in accordance with an application under section 14(1)(b));
 
    (b) to vary (otherwise than in accordance with an application under section 14(1)(a)) any condition for the time being in force in relation to the registration; or
 
    (c) to impose any additional condition in relation to the registration.
      (5) The registration authority shall give the applicant notice of a proposal to refuse an application under section 14(1)(a).
 
      (6) A notice under this section shall give the registration authority's reasons for its proposal.
 
Right to make representations.     17. - (1) A notice under section 16 shall state that within 28 days of service of the notice any person on whom it is served may make written representations to the registration authority concerning any matter which that person wishes to dispute.
 
      (2) Where a notice has been served under section 16, the registration authority shall not determine any matter to which the notice relates until either-
 
 
    (a) any person on whom the notice was served has made written representations to it concerning the matter;
 
    (b) any such person has notified the registration authority in writing that he does not intend to make representations; or
 
    (c) the period during which any such person could have made representations has elapsed.
Notice of decisions.     18. - (1) If the registration authority decides to grant an application for registration in respect of an establishment or agency unconditionally, or subject only to conditions which have been agreed in writing between it and the applicant, it shall give the applicant written notice of its decision.
 
      (2) A notice under subsection (1) shall state the agreed conditions.
 
      (3) If the registration authority decides to adopt a proposal under section 16, it shall serve notice in writing of its decision on any person on whom it was required to serve notice of the proposal.
 
      (4) A notice under subsection (3) shall-
 
 
    (a) explain the right of appeal conferred by section 20;
 
    (b) in the case of a decision to adopt a proposal under section 16(2), state the conditions subject to which the application is granted; and
 
    (c) in the case of a decision to adopt a proposal under section 16(4)(b) or (c), state the condition as varied or (as the case may be) the additional condition imposed.
      (5) Subject to subsection (6), a decision of the registration authority to adopt a proposal under section 16(2) or (4) shall not take effect-
 
 
    (a) if no appeal is brought, until the expiration of the period of 28 days referred to in section 20(2); and
 
    (b) if an appeal is brought, until it is determined or abandoned.
      (6) Where, in the case of a decision to adopt a proposal under section 16(2), the applicant notifies the registration authority in writing before the expiration of the period mentioned in subsection (5)(a) that he does not intend to appeal, the decision shall take effect when the notice is served.
 
Urgent procedure for cancellation etc.     19. - (1) If-
 
 
    (a) the registration authority applies to a justice of the peace for an order-
 
      (i) cancelling the registration of a person in respect of an establishment or agency;
 
      (ii) varying any condition for the time being in force by virtue of this Part; or
 
      (iii) imposing an additional condition; and
 
    (b) it appears to the justice that, unless the order is made, there will be a serious risk to a person's life, health or well-being,
  the justice may make the order, and the cancellation, variation or imposition shall have effect from the time when the order is made.
 
      (2) An application under subsection (1) may, if the justice thinks fit, be made without notice.
 
      (3) As soon as practicable after the making of an application under this section, the registration authority shall notify the appropriate authorities of the making of the application.
 
      (4) An order under subsection (1) shall be in writing.
 
      (5) Where such an order is made, the registration authority shall, as soon as practicable after the making of the order, serve on the person registered in respect of the establishment or agency-
 
 
    (a) a copy of the order; and
 
    (b) notice of the right of appeal conferred by section 20.
      (6) For the purposes of this section the appropriate authorities are-
 
 
    (a) the local authority in whose area the establishment or agency is situated;
 
    (b) if the registration authority thinks appropriate, the Health Authority in whose area the establishment or agency is situated; and
 
    (c) any statutory authority not falling within paragraph (a) or (b) whom the registration authority thinks it appropriate to notify.
      (7) In this section "statutory authority" means a body established by or under an Act of Parliament.
 
 
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