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1In section 8 of the Fire Services Act 1947 (constitution and powers of fire authorities constituted by combination schemes) after subsection (3) there shall be inserted the following subsection—E+W+S
“(3A)Meetings of a fire authority which is (as well as one which is not) constituted by a combination scheme are open to the public, and documents relating to such meetings are open to inspection by the public, in accordance with the provisions of Part VA of the Local Government Act 1972.”
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4(1)The Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 shall be amended as follows.E+W+S
(2)In section 1(1), the words “” shall be omitted and for the words “an authority or other body” there shall be substituted the words “a body”.
(3)Section 2(2) shall be omitted.
(4)In the Schedule (which defines the bodies to which the Act applies) for paragraph 1(a) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—
“(a)parish or community councils, the Council of the Isles of Scilly and joint boards or joint committees which discharge functions of any of those bodies (or of any of those bodies and of a principal council, within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972, or a body falling within paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of section 100J(1) of that Act)”.
(5)In paragraph 1 of the Schedule, paragraphs (aa) and (ab) (as inserted by the Local Government Act 1985) and (d) shall be omitted.
(6)In paragraph 1(h) of the Schedule, for the words “police authorities” there shall be substituted the words “bodies to which sections 100A to 100D of the Local Government Act 1972 apply, whether or not by virtue of section 100E or 100J of that Act”.
(7)In paragraph 2 of the Schedule, paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (f) shall be omitted.
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6(1)In section 100 of the Local Government Act 1972 (which applies the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 in relation to all committees of local authorities)—E+W+S
(a)in subsection (2), the words from “to any committee constituted” to “101(9) below and” shall be omitted; and
(b)at the end of that subsection there shall be added the words “or section 100E(3)(a) or (b) below (whether or not by virtue of section 100J below)”.
(2)In section 228 of that Act (inspection of documents)—
(a)in subsection (1), for the words “local authority” there shall be substituted the words “parish or community council” and for the words “the authority” there shall be substituted the words “the council”; and
(b)in subsection (8) (application to parish meetings) for the words “local authority” there shall be substituted the words “parish council”.
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7In section 18 of the Local Government Finance Act 1982, in subsection (5) (auditor’s report to be supplied to members and newspapers) after the word “excluded” there shall be inserted “(a)” and at the end of that subsection there shall be added the following words, that is to say—S
“or under section 100B(7) of the 1972 Act (which makes similar provision); or
(b)from the documents open to inspection by members of the public under section 100B(1) of the 1972 Act (agenda and reports open to the public before a meeting);
and Part VA of the 1972 Act shall have effect in relation to the report as if in section 100C(a)(d) 1of that Act (by virtue of which only so much of a report as relates to proceedings open to the public is open to public inspection after the meeting) the words ”so much of’ and from ”as relates’ onwards were omitted.
(6)In subsection (5) above, ”the 1972 Act’ means the Local Government Act 1972.”
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