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Clause 64

 

THE EARL OF CAITHNESS
THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Page 32, line 26, leave out "be the same as or different from" and insert "subject to subsection (10A) below, be less than, but not greater than"
Page 33, line 5, leave out subsection (10) and insert—
"(   )  In making regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall have regard to the object of securing (so far as practicable) that the aggregate amount payable to him and all billing authorities by way of non-domestic rates as regards a relevant period is the same as the aggregate amount which would be so payable apart from the regulations.
(10A)  For the purposes of subsection (10) above, the Secretary of State shall estimate the difference between—
(a)  the aggregate amount which would apart from the regulations, all billing authorities by way of non-domestic rates as regards a relevant period, and;
(b)  the aggregate amount which will be payable having regard to rules prescribed under subsection (4) above
  and any shortfall in aggregate amount shall be recovered by applying a surcharge of the non-domestic rating multiplier for each relevant financial year."
 

Clause 77

 

THE BARONESS HANHAM
THE LORD HANNINGFIELD

Page 43, line 7, at end insert ", provided that such change does not alter the ratio between the top and bottom band.
(4B)  The power under subsection (4A) shall not be used to alter the ratio between the top and bottom bands set out in subsection (1).""
 

After Clause 111

 

THE BARONESS BLATCH

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Adoption: conscientious objections
(1)  No person employed by, working for or acting as an adviser to a local authority shall be under any duty whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal requirement to participate in—
(a)  any placement under section 18 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (c. 38) (placement for adoption by agencies); or
(b)  any application under section 49 of that Act (applications for adoption), to which he has a conscientious objection on either of the grounds specified in subsection (2).
(2)  The grounds referred to in subsection (1) are that the placement is with, or the application is made by—
(a)  a couple who are not a married couple;
(b)  one person who is in fact part of a couple within the meaning of section 144(4)(b) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (general interpretation etc.).
(3)  In any legal proceedings, the burden of proof of conscientious objection shall rest upon the person claiming to rely on it.
(4)  A local authority shall not treat less favourably any person who relies on subsection (1) above."

 
 
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