New Clause 2 - Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman

Local Government Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 11 January 2012.

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‘(1) Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1974 (procedure in respect of investigations under Part 3 by Local Commissioners) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (2) (investigations by Local Commissioner to be conducted in private but otherwise as the Local Commissioner considers appropriate) after “without prejudice to the generality of the preceding provision” insert “—

(a) the Local Commissioner may, as well as adopting different procedure for different cases, adopt different procedure for cases of different descriptions; and

(b) ”.

(3) After subsection (4) insert—

“(5) The differential procedure authorised by subsection (2)(a) includes (in particular) procedure for cases of a particular description that is expected to be faster than that for at least some other cases”’.—(Mr Chope.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided: Ayes 8, Noes 4.

Division number 5 Decision Time — New Clause 2 - Procedure for investigations by Local Government Ombudsman

Aye: 8 MPs

No: 4 MPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

New clause 2 read a Second time, and added to the Bill.