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Amendments to the Local Government Bill [H.L.]

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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Local Government Bill [H.L.] to be moved on Report in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 2
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 1, line 20, leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 2 and insert--
    ("(a)  the promotion or improvement of economic development and wealth creation in their area,
    (b)  the promotion of social development in their area, and
    (c)  the promotion of the improvement of the environment in their area")
 
  
Clause 3
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 2, line 31, leave out ("(whether by precepts, borrowing or otherwise)") 
     Page 2, line 34, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Before making an order under subsection (3), the Secretary of State shall consult such representatives of local government and such other persons (if any) as he considers appropriate.")
 
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 3, line 1, leave out ("is to have power to prepare") and insert ("shall prepare and keep under review") 
  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 3, line 12, at beginning insert--
 
    ("(  )  A local authority may apply to the Secretary of State to amend, repeal, revoke or disapply an enactment (whenever passed or made) which it considers prevents or obstructs it from exercising its power under section 2(1).")
 
     Page 3, line 12, after ("thinks") insert (", whether or not on the application of a local authority,") 
  
After Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  If the Secretary of State thinks that an enactment (whenever passed or made) or a requirement (whenever imposed) is unnecessary as it applies to local authorities following the enactment of section 4, he may by order amend, repeal, revoke or withdraw it.
 
    (2)  In this section "enactment" has the same meaning as in section 5(4) and "requirement" includes guidance and directions.")
Power to amend or repeal enactments or requirements in consequence of section 4 powers.
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 3, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  If the power under subsection (1) is exercised pursuant to subsection (2)(b), the enactment in question shall be amended, repealed, revoked or disapplied in relation to those authorities for a temporary period only.")
 
  
After Clause 8
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Each local authority shall make appropriate arrangements with a view to securing that--
    (a)  in the exercise of its powers, and
    (b)  in the discharge of its functions,
there is due regard to the principle that there should be equality of opportunity for all people.
 
    (2)  Each local authority shall have regard to the need--
    (a)  to promote equality of opportunity for all persons irrespective of their race, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion;
    (b)  to eliminate unlawful discrimination; and
    (c)  to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups, religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
    (3)  Subsection (2) is without prejudice to subsection (1) and is subject to any provision made under any other enactment.
 
    (4)  Each local authority shall publish a report in each year containing--
    (a)  a statement of the arrangements made in pursuance of subsection (1) which had effect during the year which is the subject of the report, and
    (b)  an assessment of how effective those arrangements were in promoting equality of opportunity.")
Equality of opportunity.
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 5, line 7, at end insert ("which determines to adopt executive arrangements") 
  
Clause 10
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 5, line 37, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  It may take such form as the local authority considers, after it has taken reasonable steps to consult local government electors and other interested persons in the authority's area, will--
    (a)  enhance decision-making,
    (b)  meet the principles of transparency, accountability and efficiency, and
    (c)  be appropriate to local circumstances.")
 
     Page 5, line 41, leave out paragraph (a) 
     Page 6, line 4, leave out ("(a) or") 
     Page 6, line 6, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The authority may determine the title to be used for the position of mayor elected under this Act.")
 
     Page 6, line 8, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A member of the authority may attend and speak at meetings of the executive as deputy or substitute for a member of the executive by whom the deputy or substitute is appointed but may not vote.")
 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 12, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Unless the matter is certified by the authority's monitoring officer to be urgent, no decision by a local authority under its executive arrangements shall be implemented within less than five working days after the decision.")
 
     Page 13, line 1, leave out subsection (4) and insert--
 
    ("(4)  An overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority may discharge any functions imposed or permitted by the authority other than those functions specified by the Secretary of State in regulations.")
 
     Page 13, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  An overview and scrutiny committee shall be chaired by a member elected by the committee.")
 
     Page 13, line 35, at end insert--
 
    ("This provision shall not apply to a committee or sub-committee of an area committee which includes a minority of members who do not carry out executive functions.")
 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 14, line 1, at beginning insert ("Subject to Part VA of the Local Government Act 1972,") 
     Page 14, line 4, leave out ("in private") and insert ("without members of the public present but in the presence of other members of the authority") 
     Page 14, line 15, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 14, line 24, at end insert ("nor
    (c)  an area committee or sub-committee of an area committee carrying out scrutiny and overview functions,")
 
  
Clause 37
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 21, line 20, leave out subsection (1) 
     Page 21, line 32, leave out ("supplementary") and insert ("alternative") 
  
Clause 38
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 21, line 41, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 39
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 22, line 5, at end insert (", and
    (c)  the recall of the mayor in the event of a loss of confidence and the filling of a casual vacancy")
 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 27, line 16, after ("newspapers") insert (", which with the approval of the Standards Board for England or the Standards Board for Wales may be a newspaper published by the authority,") 
  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD TOPE
 
     Page 61, leave out lines 24 to 37 and insert--
 
    ("(2)  The candidate with the fewest number of first preference votes is eliminated, and the second preference votes given for that candidate shall be ascertained.
 
    (3)  The second preference votes under sub-paragraph (2) above shall be transferred to the other candidates, being added to the first preference votes cast for the other candidates.
 
    (4)  If, following the recalculation under sub-paragraph (3) above, none of the candidates receives more than half of the votes, the remaining candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and the procedure in sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) above is carried out.
 
    (5)  The process continues until one candidate has received more than half of all the votes, and that person shall be returned as mayor.")
 
 
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