Amendment 535 will remove from the clause the definition of Commission, which is no longer required, because it is now defined in new clause 27. Amendment 537 is another technical, drafting amendment that is required due to the insertion of new clause 27. The terms act, Local Commissioner and respondent are used throughout chapter 2, and the interpretation clauseclause 209defines what those terms mean in relation to the chapter.
New clause 27 makes it clear that references to the Commission in that clause will be to the Commission for Local Administration in England. That amendment to the interpretation clause simply provides that the same definition is applicable throughout the chapter. New clause 27 will ensure that the commission divides matters that may be investigated into appropriate categories and allocates responsibility for each category between the local commissioners.
The commission will also have to publish information about the procedures for making complaints under chapter 2 of part 10, and I emphasise that the new clause will simply replicate provisions in the Local Government Act 1974. The new clause is necessary and will simply serve to ensure that the commission can manage its cases effectively.
the matters which may be investigated under this Chapter into such categories as it considers appropriate, so it is not good enough simply to cite other legislation in which a similar division of categories of complaint occurs. This legislation includes a new set of complaints from parents of pupils at school, so it would be helpful if the Minister set out for the Committee the categories of complaint that will be divided. Will there be one for behaviour, where parents or pupils complain about behaviour, and another onI do not knowthe amount of homework or the quality of education? Will he explain what categories the new clause will introduce?
The commissioner needs to make those decisions, which are practical matters. We are making the changes to give the ombudsman the powers to do as he does in respect of his local government responsibilities. It is right that we give him that freedom. We have not agreed with him how we might organise things, but it is appropriate to give him the powers to do so.
As we have heard, the arrangements will be piloted and the initial roll-out will take place in pilot areas. Then, as the programme develops, the local government ombudsman service will make decisions about how to organise things locally and how much to do more centrally. I am sure that Parliament will keep in touch with that as the pilots develop.