The amendments and new clauses are all about the application of the regulator’s powers to inquire into the affairs of a registered provider to profit-making bodies and charities that have registered. The provisions are technical points on existing powers and, on that basis, I do not want to detain the Committee any further.
This provision amends clause 183 further. It allows the regulator to conduct an inquiry into a provider’s affairs. The amendment is technical. It amends the definition of the phrase “independent of the regulator” under subsection (4) to include members of the families of members and employees of the regulator. An inquiry must be conducted by at least one independent person to improve and enhance transparency in that process. I hope that members of the Committee will accept the amendment.