I beg to move amendment No. 449, in
clause 91, page 35, line 38, at end insert—
'( ) The Assembly may by regulations require a local authority in Wales to pay a fee to the Assembly in respect of the exercise of the Assembly's function under this section in relation to the functions referred to in section 43(3)(a) and (b) of the Care Standards Act 2000 (adoption and fostering functions).
( ) A fee under this section shall be of such amount, and shall be payable at such a time, as may be specified in the regulations.
( ) A fee payable by virtue of this section may, without prejudice to any method of recovery, be recovered summarily as a civil debt.'.
The clause provides the Assembly with the power to make regulations specifying an annual fee payable to it by local authorities for its reviews and investigations into local authority adoption and fostering services. It is important that the Assembly can raise revenue through fees in those circumstances to ensure that there is a level playing field between adoption and fostering services provided by local authorities and those provided independently. Independent services are liable to pay fees under the Care Standards Act 2000.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 91, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.