Local Government Bill [H.L.] - continued        House of Lords
PART II, ARRANGEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO EXECUTIVES - continued
Procedure with respect to operation of executive arrangements - continued

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Operation of, and publicity for, executive arrangements.     26. - (1) A resolution of a local authority is required in order for the authority to operate executive arrangements.
 
      (2) As soon as practicable after passing such a resolution a local authority must-
 
 
    (a) secure that copies of a document setting out the provisions of the arrangements are available at their principal office for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable hours, and
 
    (b) publish in one or more newspapers circulating in their area a notice which-
 
      (i) states that they have resolved to operate the arrangements,
 
      (ii) states the date on which they are to begin operating the arrangements,
 
      (iii) describes the main features of the arrangements,
 
      (iv) states that copies of a document setting out the provisions of the arrangements are available at their principal office for inspection by members of the public at such times as may be specified in the notice, and
 
      (v) specifies the address of their principal office.
      (3) A local authority which pass a resolution under this section may not at any subsequent time cease to operate executive arrangements.
 
 
Different and alternative arrangements
Operation of different executive arrangements.     27. - (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for or in connection with enabling a local authority which are operating executive arrangements ("the existing arrangements") to operate executive arrangements ("the different arrangements") which differ from the existing arrangements in any respect.
 
      (2) The provision which may be made by virtue of subsection (1) includes provision-
 
 
    (a) which applies or reproduces (with or without modifications) any provisions of section 23, 24, 25 or 26,
 
    (b) for or in connection with requiring the consent of an elected mayor under the existing arrangements to the operation of the different arrangements,
 
    (c) with respect to changes to the existing arrangements as a result of changes to the functions which are the responsibility of an executive.
      (3) Nothing in subsection (2) affects the generality of the power under subsection (1).
 
Alternative arrangements.     28. - (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations specify arrangements by a local authority with respect to the discharge of their functions (referred to in this Part as alternative arrangements) which are arrangements of a type-
 
 
    (a) which the Secretary of State considers are likely to ensure that decisions of the authority are taken in an efficient and accountable way, and
 
    (b) which are not permitted by or under section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 or sections 15 to 17 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
      (2) The arrangements which may be specified by regulations under this section include-
 
 
    (a) arrangements for the discharge of functions of a local authority by individual members of the authority or by individual members of any committee or sub-committee of the authority,
 
    (b) arrangements for the appointment of committees or sub-committees of a local authority the membership of which is determined otherwise than in accordance with the political balance requirements,
 
    (c) arrangements for the appointment of committees or sub-committees of a local authority to review or scrutinise decisions made, or other action taken, in connection with the discharge of functions of the authority.
      (3) Regulations under this section may make provision for the purpose of determining the functions of a local authority which may, may not or must be the subject of alternative arrangements of any particular type.
 
      (4) Nothing in subsection (2) or (3) affects the generality of the power under subsection (1).
 
Operation of alternative arrangements.     29. - (1) A resolution of a local authority is required in order for the authority to operate alternative arrangements.
 
      (2) Subsection (2) of section 26 is to apply for the purposes of this section as it applies for the purposes of that section.
 
      (3) A local authority which pass a resolution under this section to operate alternative arrangements may not at any subsequent time cease to operate those arrangements unless, by virtue of any provision made under subsection (5) or section 30, 31 or 32, the authority operate executive arrangements in place of those arrangements.
 
      (4) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for or in connection with enabling a local authority which is operating alternative arrangements to alter those arrangements in such ways as may be permitted by the regulations.
 
      (5) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for or in connection with enabling a local authority which is operating alternative arrangements to operate executive arrangements in place of the alternative arrangements.
 
      (6) The provision which may be made by virtue of subsection (5) includes provision which applies or reproduces (with or without modifications) any provisions of section 23, 24, 25 or 26.
 
      (7) Nothing in subsection (6) affects the generality of the power under subsection (5).
 
 
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