Clause 11

Child Poverty Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 29th October 2009.

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Northern Ireland strategies

Amendments made: 34, in clause 11, page 6, line 32, leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department proposes’ and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments propose’.

This amendment replaces the reference to the relevant Northern Ireland department with a reference to the Northern Ireland departments. The intention is to recognise that departments other than the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will take measures in accordance with the Northern Ireland strategy.

Amendment 35, in clause 11, page 6, line 44, leave out

‘relevant Northern Ireland department intends’

and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

Amendment 36, in clause 11, page 7, line 3, leave out

‘relevant Northern Ireland department intends’

and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

Amendment 37, in clause 11, page 7, line 7, leave out

‘relevant Northern Ireland department intends’

and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments intend’.

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

Amendment 38, in clause 11, page 7, line 12, leave out ‘relevant Northern Ireland department’ and insert ‘Northern Ireland departments’.

See Member’s explanatory statement for amendment 34.

Amendment 39, in clause 11, page 7, line 19, at end insert—

‘( ) The relevant Northern Ireland department must, on or before each report date relating to a Northern Ireland strategy, lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly a report which—

(a) describes the measures taken by the Northern Ireland departments in accordance with the Northern Ireland strategy,

(b) describes the effect of those measures in contributing to the meeting of the targets in sections 2 to 5, and

(c) describes other effects of those measures that contribute to the achievement of the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

( ) The report dates relating to a Northern Ireland strategy are each anniversary of the day on which it was laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly, other than an anniversary which falls—

(a) on or after the date on which a subsequent Northern Ireland strategy is so laid, or

(b) after the end of the target year.’. —(Helen Goodman.)

This amendment requires the relevant Northern Ireland department to lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly an annual report describing how measures taken in accordance with the current Northern Ireland strategy have contributed to meeting the targets and to ensuring that children in Northern Ireland do not experience socio-economic disadvantage.

Clause 11, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 12 ordered to stand part of the Bill.