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Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill 2009-10

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Mr David Chaytor

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 16 09 - 10 | PDF version, 101KB 03.02.2010

Latest news on the Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill 2009-10

This Bill was presented, through the ballot procedure, to Parliament on 16 December 2009. This is known as First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This Bill had a Second Reading debate on Friday 5 February 2010 and was referred to a Public Bill Committee on 3 March.  The Committee reported back to the House on 12 March 2010.

The Bill has since been dropped and will make no further progress.

Summary of the Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill 2009-10

The Bill aims to strengthen and broaden the powers of local government overview and scrutiny committees. It is based on proposals in the 2009 Communities and Local Government Green Paper 'Strengthening Local Democracy'.

Key areas

  • gives scrutiny committees powers over a wider range of external bodies than at present (the external bodies will be designated by regulation)
  • provides for these powers to be used in scrutiny of activities carried out by these external bodies that relate to matters of local concern in the provision of public services
  • makes provision for executive council members to be able to sit on scrutiny committees when they are concerned with scrutiny of external bodies
  • makes provision to ensure that scrutiny officers are allocated such resources as they believe they require to carry out their role effectively

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