Clause 47 - Short title

Local Audit and Accountability Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:30 pm on 21st November 2013.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government 12:30 pm, 21st November 2013

I beg to move amendment 71, in clause 47, page 31, line 40, leave out subsection (2).

I will not detain the Committee for more than a few moments. The amendment would remove the financial privilege amendment that was made on Third Reading in the other place and prevents the Bill, which was introduced in the other place, from infringing the financial privileges of the House of Commons.

Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

I am indebted again to the Public Bill Office. When I queried why the subsection was present in a Bill that included provisions specifically on levies, for example, I received the very helpful explanation that it is common practice to allow a Bill to proceed through the House of Lords, so we will not oppose the Government’s move to withdraw the subsection from the Bill.

Amendment 71 agreed to.

Clause 47, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.