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Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 128 (15 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I thank my noble friends Lord Scriven and Lord Shipley for raising this important part of the levelling-up agenda. I of course also thank the noble Lord, Lord Young of Cookham, for linking it to the estimable White Paper on levelling up which, in many ways, has pointed to the importance of full devolution being equated with autonomy over local funding. At the moment—I have...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (5th Day) (15 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I apologise for interrupting the Minister. She has said that the decision will be made only if it is supported democratically. Yet Clause 33(4)(b) says that “at least two thirds of the constituent members of the CCA” can indicate that “they disagree with the proposal for the regulations to be made”, and Clause 33(5) says that the mayor, in providing a report to the Secretary of State,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (5th Day) (15 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, obviously, I completely support the argument of my noble friend Lady Harris of Richmond that Clause 32 and the other clauses in this group should not stand part of the Bill. She made a powerful argument, as did my noble friend Lord Stunell, about the regulations and the power that is going to be devolved to the Secretary of State through these clauses. Further, my noble friend Lady...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health: Finance (14 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the funding they provide to local authorities is sufficient to deliver statutory public health responsibilities.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health: Finance (14 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: To ask His Majesty's Government when local authorities will be informed of the provisional public health grant budgets for 2023–24.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 103 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: If I heard right, the answer to the question of what would happen if the mayoral position were vacant was that the Secretary of State would, by regulation, have the power to decide whether it would be filled by an election or not. What would the “or not” mean? Did I misunderstand that point?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 103 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I thank my noble friend Lord Shipley and the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Stevenage, for raising issues in detail regarding mayoral names—or not—and some aspects of elections and powers, because that points to the fact that although we have a very long Bill with a huge number of clauses, a lot of the detail is insufficient for us to understand completely what the Government seek to do...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 89 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I am struggling with this logic. The combined authority mayor can appoint a deputy to be responsible for police and crime, but the elected mayor will take the accountability if things go wrong. Why, then, can we not have an elected police and crime commissioner? That is the logic of what the Minister is saying.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 89 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Following the Minister’s earlier remarks about the mayor being able to appoint a deputy to be responsible for policing, I was wondering: are there powers for them to appoint a deputy to be responsible for buses?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 89 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I apologise to the Minister. I just thought I would add to the questions now and not interrupt further. Is this an admission by the Government that the current system of independently elected police and crime commissioners has not been effective? I cannot think of any other reason why the two separate roles should be combined unless it is felt that the separate role of the police and crime...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 89 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this is another really important group of amendments to do with the extent of devolution: what are the limits that the Government are putting on that? The only areas we have explored, very important though they are, are the National Health Service, policing, transport services—buses, in particular—and general functions. I have great sympathy with all the amendments in this...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 77 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I remind the House of my interest as a member of Kirklees Council and one who has served on its audit committee for a number of years. Scrutiny and audit are close to my heart. My noble friend Lord Shipley has raised some important issues about scrutiny—about the importance of an appropriate person not being seen as a political nominee, because that would undermine the whole...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 70 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, this is a very important group of amendments, which probes and challenges the membership of the CCA, and even existing combined authorities. It seems to me that there are three major principles that the amendments in this group are exploring; the first concerns whether the Government are determined to continue with democratic local government. There are proposals in the Bill for...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 70 (13 Mar 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: That is my fundamental principle. Anyone who makes decisions about public money has to be voted for; they have to be an elected member. The whole point is that they are then accountable for the decisions they make and can, quite rightly, be kicked out of office if local people do not agree with what they have done. That is the point and if you have non-elected members of these combined...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 67 (27 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I will not speak for long. This has been a very important debate, and very positive: across the Chamber, Members are in agreement that we need clarity from the Government about what they are proposing regarding the constitution of the CCAs. There is one element that has not yet been raised. Where the constituent members are not equal in size, is that to be reflected in the constitution of...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 61 (27 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, I will just make one or two additional comments to those of my honourable friend Lord Shipley, the main one concerning Amendment 126 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman of Ullock, about public consultation. I have been involved in a number of statutory instruments on the establishment of metropolitan combined authorities where the public consultation involving “the...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 60 (27 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: I am sorry to interrupt so early in the Minister’s response, but could he define more clearly what the “highest level of devolution” actually means?

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 60 (27 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: Can the Minister explain, then, where the geographies of a county area do not coincide with the geographies of an economic or travel-to-work area? Often, they do not. What I have heard is that you can either have a functioning geography of a county and its two tiers, or the alternative, but not a mixture of the two.

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 60 (27 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor of Stevenage, is quite right to table this amendment to explore the area that can be included in a combined county authority. As I understand it, a combined county authority is a bit of a misnomer. Last Wednesday, the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, said in response to an amendment that a CCA could include, for instance, the unitary authority of Wiltshire...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 50 (22 Feb 2023)

Baroness Pinnock: We have had a bit of a discussion about priority areas 1, 2 and 3. I would be grateful if the Minister could write and let us know what criteria the Government use to categorise areas and how, between the first and second round, some moved into category 1. I do not know whether any moved down. It would be useful to have that information.


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