HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 c721

Lords amendment: No. 128, in page 36, line 23, leave out from ("for") to end of line 25 and insert ("the reference to sections 43 to 47 below there shall be substituted a reference to the appropriate Greater London provisions;")

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Mr. Raynsford

I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in amendment No. 131.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

May I correct the Minister? We all sometimes get the order of amendments slightly wrong. On this occasion, the lead amendment is amendment No. 128.

Mr. Raynsford

I beg to move, That this House agrees with the Lords in amendment No. 127—I beg your pardon, Sir Alan—amendment No. 128.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this, it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendments Nos. 129, 130, 139, 142 to 145, 147, 148, 150 and 151.

Mr. Raynsford

Amendment No. 128 is a technical amendment, as are the associated amendments. They ensure that when the Authority makes substitute calculations, it does so by reference to the correct provisions, including schedule 6.

If the amendments were not made, the Bill would appear to require substitute calculations to be made in accordance with schedule 5. That, in practice, would prove impossible, as schedule 5 requires calculations to be made by the end of February each year, whereas the need for substitute calculations is unlikely to arise until after the end of February.

Schedule 6 instead provides the appropriate procedure and sets out the roles of mayor and Assembly in making substitute calculations The amendments make it clear that schedule 6 governs the procedure for making substitute calculations.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 129 and 130 agreed to.

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