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Amendments to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill

Government Resources and Accounts Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

  


COMMONS REASONS AND AMENDMENTS IN LIEU

 

[The page and line refer to HL Bill 42 as first printed for the Lords.]

Amendment
No.
 
  
Clause 8
 
  
LORDS AMENDMENT No. 5
 
     Page 5, line 5, leave out ("of a government department's accounts")
 
    The Commons disagree to this Amendment for the following Reason--
 
5A     Because it would alter the financial accounting and audit arrangements made by the Commons, and the Commons do not offer any further Reason, trusting that the above Reason may be deemed sufficient. 
  
LORDS AMENDMENT No. 6
 
     Page 5, line 6, leave out ("of the documents relating to the department's accounts") and insert ("relevant documents")
 
    The Commons disagree to this Amendment for the following Reason--
 
6A     Because it would alter the financial accounting and audit arrangements made by the Commons, and the Commons do not offer any further Reason, trusting that the above Reason may be deemed sufficient. 
  
LORDS AMENDMENT No. 7
 
     Page 5, line 12, leave out from ("documents") to end of line 16 and insert ("--
    (a)  which are held or controlled by a government department or a relevant non-departmental public body, or
    (b)  which are documents to which a government department or a relevant non-departmental public body has, or can obtain, access.")
    The Commons disagree to this Amendment but propose the following Amendments in lieu thereof--
 
7A     Page 12, line 20, at end insert ("and") 
7B     Page 12, leave out lines 23 to 26 and insert--
 
    ("(8)  The Treasury may by order provide for section 8(1) to apply in relation to documents (in addition to those specified in section 8(2))--
    (a)  of a specified description, or
    (b)  which are held or controlled either by a body of a specified kind or in specified circumstances.
    (9)  An order under subsection (8) may apply in respect of the examination of the accounts of a particular department or body or in respect of examinations under section 8(1) generally.
 
    (10)  An order under subsection (6) or (8)--
    (a)  shall be made by statutory instrument,
    (b)  shall not be made unless the Treasury have consulted the Comptroller and Auditor General, and
    (c)  shall not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament.")
 
  
LORDS AMENDMENT No. 8
 
     Page 5, line 21, at end insert--
 
    ("(4)  The rights of access conferred by subsection (1) shall not be exercisable in relation to any document relating primarily to accounts which--
    (a)  are subject to audit by the Auditor General for Scotland or the Auditor General for Wales, and are not also subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General, or
 
 
    (b)  are subject to audit under section 2 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 or section 97 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and do not relate to a body specified in section 98(1) of the National Health Service Act 1977.
    (5)  In this section "relevant non-departmental public body" means a non-departmental public body which is one for which the department whose accounts are undergoing examination is responsible; and for this purpose "non-departmental public body" means a body--
    (a)  which is not a government department or comprised within a government department,
    (b)  which exercises public functions of a governmental nature which might otherwise fall to be exercised by central government, and
    (c)  an officer of which has been designated by a government department as its accounting officer in respect of the preparation of its accounts.")
    The Commons disagree to this Amendment for the following Reason--
1998 c. 18.
1973 c. 65.
1977 c. 49.
8A     Because it would alter the financial accounting and audit arrangements made by the Commons, and the Commons do not offer any further Reason, trusting that the above Reason may be deemed sufficient. 
  
 
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