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Audit Commission Act 1998

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37Social services studies for Secretary of State

(1)At the request of the Secretary of State, the Commission may assist the Secretary of State in any study designed to improve economy, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of performance in the discharge of social services functions by local authorities.

(2)In this section “social services functions” means—

(a)any function under any enactment for the time being specified in Schedule 1 to the [1970 c. 42.] Local Authority Social Services Act 1970; and

(b)any function for the time being designated by an order made by the Secretary of State under section 2(2) of the 1970 Act as being appropriate for discharge through a local authority’s social services committee.

(3)In the following provisions of this section “study” means a study of a description mentioned in subsection (1).

(4)If the Commission requires—

(a)a local authority included in a study, or

(b)an officer or member of such an authority,

to supply the Commission or an authorised person with such information as is needed for the purposes of the study, the authority or officer or member shall supply the information.

(5)If the Commission requires a local authority included in a study to make available for inspection by the Commission or an authorised person documents which relate to the authority and are needed for the purposes of the study, the authority shall make the documents available.

(6)Any information obtained under a requirement under subsection (4) or (5) may be disclosed by the Commission to the Secretary of State for the purposes of any functions of his which are connected with the discharge of social services functions by local authorities.

(7)In subsections (4) and (5) “authorised person” means a person authorised by the Commission for the purposes of this section.

(8)Any report of a study in which the Commission assists the Secretary of State shall be published by the Secretary of State in conjunction with the Commission.

(9)The Commission shall not provide assistance under subsection (1) unless before it does so the Secretary of State has agreed to pay the Commission an amount equal to the full costs incurred by the Commission in providing the assistance.

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