New Clause 13 — Local Spending Reports

Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries) – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 13th October 2009.

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'(1) The Secretary of State must as soon as practicable but not less than 12 months after the passing of this Act produce and publish a Local Spending Report.

(2) The reports must cover-

(a) all government departments, and

(b) any other person exercising public functions.

(3) The reports must include-

(a) all public expenditure for each local authority area in so far as it is possible to define it, and

(b) both current and proposed future spending.

(4) Local spending reports shall be updated as frequently as is reasonably practicable but in any event at least once every two years.

(5) The first report under this section must be laid before Parliament no later than 12 months after this Act is passed.

(6) In this section the term "Local Spending Report" has the same meaning as in the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (c. 23).'.- (Mr. Drew.)

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Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill.

The House divided: Ayes 203, Noes 261.

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Question accordingly negatived.

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