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Power to provide for an elected mayor

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 7th December 2015.

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Amendment proposed: 58, page 2, line 10, at end insert—

‘( ) The transfer of local or public authority functions to combined authorities shall not be dependent on an order being made under subsection (1).”—(Mr Steve Reed.)

This amendment makes clear that devolution deals must not be dependent on a combined authority having a mayor.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 195, Noes 290.

Division number 143 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [Lords] — Power to provide for an elected mayor

Aye: 195 MPs

No: 290 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 2, page 2, line 13, at end insert—

“(2A) An order under subsection (1) may not be made unless the proposition that the combined authority have a mayor is approved by a referendum of the electorate of that combined authority.

(2B) The Secretary of State shall, by regulations, establish the procedures to be followed in conducting a referendum under subsection 2A.

(2C) Before making a regulation under subsection 2B, the Secretary of State must consult the Electoral Commission.”—(William Wragg.)

The intention of this amendment is that elected mayors will be introduced only if that proposal has been approved by a referendum of the residents of the combined authority. The rule for the conduct for such a referendum shall be made by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Electoral Commission.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Question negatived.

Amendments made: 7, page 3, line 1, leave out from “authority,” to end of line 3 and insert

“there are one or more non-consenting constituent councils but the combined authority and at least two constituent councils consent.”

This amendment enables an order to be made providing for there to be a mayor for the area of a combined authority if, in the case of an existing combined authority where there are one or more non-consenting constituent councils, at least two constituent councils consent.

Amendment 8, page 3, line 6, leave out second “the” and insert “each”.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 7 and enables more than one non-consenting constituent council to be removed from the existing area of the combined authority.

Amendment 9, page 3, line 8, leave out subsection (5). —(Alistair Burt.)

This amendment is consequential on amendment 27 (see in particular the new section 106(3D) that is inserted by that amendment).