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Written Answers — Children, Schools and Families: Departmental Consultants (8 Apr 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Departmental Consultants (10 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that parish councils, which are an important part of local democracy as they are the closest to the communities that they serve, have been specifically and explicitly excluded from the process?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: As my hon. Friend has said, the experience of the process has been difficult for all parties. I well remember our debates on some of the unitary authorities that now exist, when there were divisions between all the parties. I think that this is a missed opportunity. If we want to engage people in politics, should we not encourage them to unite on the changes that they want rather than being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Efficiency Savings (9 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: The Secretary of State seems very keen to talk about this year's Budget settlement, but less keen to talk about Government grants looking ahead. What guidance has he received from the Treasury about the scale of future cuts that councils will need to make? Does he really believe that efficiencies alone will be able to halve the deficit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Efficiency Savings (9 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: The problem is that the Institute for Fiscal Studies thinks that that is simply not possible, and that deep cuts will follow in years ahead. Given that no credible detail is forthcoming from either the Government or those on the Conservative Front Bench, should the right hon. Gentleman not be doing the responsible thing and advising councils to prepare for the worst-case scenario pointed out...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Departmental Consultants (5 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much consultants employed by his Department have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception.

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 8 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: Thank you, Mrs. Humble, for your very efficient chairmanship and for giving me another 25 minutes in which to speak. I would not go quite as far as the hon. Member for Beckenham and say that it has been good-tempered debate, although the mood seemed to improve as hon. Members woke up. We have discussed important issues that we hope to resolve before Report. The debate has also touched on...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 8 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: The hon. Gentleman has highlighted some weaknesses in the existing system, which the clause could exacerbate. Perhaps there needs to be a wider rethink of the options available to local authorities. In some cases it might require a return to the committee system or a more effective counterweight to that. The key issue is that the set-up of the current overview and scrutiny system also muddies...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 3 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I have only a brief point to make and, having been generous, I would like to make some progress. The way in which the Warm Front scheme operates is an example of how public money and private companies could open up the need for the kind of scrutiny that we do not have at present. It is a national scheme involving large sums of public money, but in Cornwall we have very few installers, which...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 3 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: As I am sure the hon. Lady knows, the scheme interacts with local authority grant funding to help deliver in areas such as Cornwall, where there is little gas heating and a grant is required from the local authority to ensure that some local people can afford it.

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 3 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, since he has been so polite.

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 3 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I suppose all I can say is that I stand on the side of taxpayers who want to ensure that the money that they are being asked to pay is being spent effectively and efficiently on delivering services that benefit them. To return to my earlier point, Warm Front is exactly the kind of scheme where private companies receive large sums of public money and where there may be problems with delivery...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 3 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: Once again, I am slightly confused by the point that the Conservatives are trying to make. They are either saying that all this already happens and people come forward and co-operate anyway, or they are saying that it is a massive additional burden, which will breach commercial confidentiality. I am not entirely sure how it can be both things. From a party that says that it has converted to...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: Is the Minister saying that some regional agencies will be excluded from the scrutiny process? Where would the delivery of convergence funding,  for example, fall in Cornwall? The process is being delivered by the regional development agency, but it impacts only Cornwall. Surely, that is an example of how the work of a regional authority should be subject to scrutiny of a local authority?

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I strongly agree with the hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport, on the issue raised, under clause 1(2), about the extent to which the matter has to affect a local authority before it can come under the consideration of an overview and scrutiny committee. An example from my constituency of an issue that is subject to an overview and scrutiny committee decision is the transfer of upper...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: If I may make a further comment on the points that the hon. Lady made, it is very important that local authorities should be able to call in and scrutinise whomever they wish if there is public money involved. I am sure that plenty of charities and businesses would be keen to come before a Select Committee to outline how they felt public resources were being misdirected, or how money could be...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I still cannot see that the contradiction has been resolved. Either the council is already doing it and therefore having it backed up by legislation simply reinforces that, or it is an additional burden. Both cannot be the case. I note the comments by the Local Government Association, which welcomed the fact that the Bill would strengthen the available powers of scrutiny. More generally, I...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I completely agree with the hon. Lady. There is some inconsistency regarding the areas that overview and scrutiny committees can consider. The right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich pointed out in his initial remarks that utility companies, for example, could come under that consideration. However, if they could not be required to submit evidence or attend, that might make the process...

Public Bill Committee: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2010)

Julia Goldsworthy: I think the hon. Gentleman has missed the point. If we are moving into a tight fiscal situation, it is important that every penny of public money spent is properly scrutinised and accounted for, regardless of whether the money is being given to a charity, a local authority or any other public agency. It is important that that money is effectively and efficiently spent.


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