Draft Local Audit Bill

– in the House of Commons at 9:43 pm on 17th September 2012.

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That a Select Committee of 9 Members be appointed to consider the draft Local Audit Bill (Cm 8393).

That the Committee should report on the draft Bill by 20 December 2012.

That the Committee shall have power—

(i) to send for persons, papers and records;

(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

(iii) to report from time to time;

(iv) to appoint specialist advisers; and

(v) to adjourn from place to place.

That Mr Richard Bacon, Mr Clive Betts, Meg Hillier, Margaret Hodge, Mark Pawsey, Mark Reckless, Ian Swales, Valerie Vaz and Heather Wheeler be members of the Committee.

That Margaret Hodge be the Chair of the Committee.— (Mr Evennett.)


This draft Bill contains very important proposals, which seem almost likely to be overlooked, to give the Secretary of State very wide ranging powers to build up a massive data base of personal information, replacing the powers formerly held by the Audit Commission, which have been controversial, especially in respect of the use of the electoral register. If you disliked the idea of a national data base and identity cards, you won't like these provisions. A few responses to the consultation have already been produced. Not surprisingly the response of the Audit Commission argues...

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