National Citizen Service Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 24th January 2017.

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Amendment made: 2, in clause 14, page 5, line 2, leave out “This Part comes” and insert

“Sections 1, 10 and 12 to 15 come”.—(Mr Rob Wilson.)

This amendment amends the commencement provision, including to enable the consequential amendments in Schedule 2 to be brought into force by regulations.

Question proposed, That the clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Clause 14 confers a standard power on the Secretary of State to bring provisions of the Bill into force on different days, if it is needed. We estimate that the transition from the NCS Trust community interest company to the NCS Trust body incorporated by royal charter will take approximately 12 to 18 months. We therefore need flexibility to commence different parts of the Act at different times. For example, we would not ask the new royal charter body to produce an annual report until it is being funded and has had staff transferred. Therefore, we would want to commence the terms of clause 2 on transfer schemes earlier than those of clause 6 on annual report. However, it makes sense for clauses 10 and 12 to 15 to come into force on the day on which the Act is passed—the day it gains Royal Assent. That includes the definitions, the ability to make transitional provisions and the short title. Clause 14 simply provides for that to happen.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 14, as amended, accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 15