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Part IIIE+W+S+N.I. Conduct of local government members and employees

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C5Pt. III applied (with modifications) (5.3.2008) by The Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/634), arts. 1, 7(5)

C6Pt. III applied (with modifications) (28.3.2008) by The Bedfordshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/907), arts. 1, 16(8)

C7Pt. III functions made exercisable (E.) by joint standards committees (15.6.2009) by The Standards Committee (Further Provisions) (England) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/1255), regs. 1(1), 14

Chapter IE+W Conduct of members

Annotations:

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C10Pt. III Ch. I applied (12.11.2009 for specified purposes, 1.10.2010 in so far as not already in force) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(c), 324(1)(c)(d) (with ss. 172(3), 185); S.I. 2010/2195, art. 3(2)(b)

Standards of conductE+W

49 Principles governing conduct of members of relevant authorities.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by order specify the principles which are to govern the conduct of members and co-opted members of relevant authorities in England and police authorities in Wales.

(2)The National Assembly for Wales may by order specify the principles which are to govern the conduct of members and co-opted members of relevant authorities in Wales (other than police authorities).

[F1(2A)An order under subsection (1) must provide as respects each specified principle—

(a)that it applies to a person only when acting in an official capacity; or

(b)that it applies to a person only when not acting in an official capacity;

but the order may provide as mentioned in paragraph (b) only as respects a principle within subsection (2B).

(2B)A principle is within this subsection if it prohibits particular conduct (or conduct of a particular description) where that conduct would constitute a criminal offence.

(2C)An order under subsection (1) may define, for the purposes of the order—

(2D)An order under subsection (2)—

(a)may specify principles which are to apply to a person at all times;

(b)may specify principles which are to apply to a person otherwise than at all times.]

(3)Before making an order under this section, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)such representatives of relevant authorities in England as he considers appropriate,

(b)the Audit Commission,

(c)the Commission for Local Administration in England, and

(d)such other persons (if any) as he considers appropriate.

(4)Before making an order under this section so far as it relates to police authorities in Wales, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)such representatives of police authorities in Wales as he considers appropriate,

[F2(aa)the Auditor General for Wales,]

(b)[F3the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales], and

(c)the National Assembly for Wales.

(5)Before making an order under this section, the National Assembly for Wales must consult—

(a)such representatives of relevant authorities in Wales as it considers appropriate,

(b)the [F4Auditor General for Wales],

(c)[F5the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales], and

(d)such other persons (if any) as it considers appropriate.

(6)In this Part “relevant authority” means—

(a)a county council,

(b)a county borough council,

(c)a district council,

(d)a London borough council,

(e)a parish council,

(f)a community council,

(g)the Greater London Authority,

F6(h). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(i)the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,

(j)the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as a local authority or police authority,

(k)the Council of the Isles of Scilly,

[F7(l)a fire and rescue authority constituted by a scheme under section 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 or a scheme to which section 4 of that Act applies,]

F8(m). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(n)a joint authority established by Part IV of the M1Local Government Act 1985,

[F9(na)an economic prosperity board established under section 88 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009,

(nb)a combined authority established under section 103 of that Act,]

(o)the Broads Authority, or

(p)a National Park authority established under section 63 of the M2Environment Act 1995.

(7)In this Part “co-opted member”, in relation to a relevant authority, means a person who is not a member of the authority but who—

(a)is a member of any committee or sub-committee of the authority, or

(b)is a member of, and represents the authority on, any joint committee or joint sub-committee of the authority,

and who is entitled to vote on any question which falls to be decided at any meeting of that committee or sub-committee.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F3Words in s. 49(4)(b) substituted (12.10.2005 for specified purposes, 1.4.2006 in so far as not already in force) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 2(a); S.I. 2005/2800, arts. 4(1)(a)(2), 5(1)(3) (with art. 4(3))

F5Words in s. 49(5)(c) substituted (12.10.2005 for specified purposes, 1.4.2006 in so far as not already in force) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 2(b); S.I. 2005/2800, arts. 4(1)(a)(2), 5(1)(3) (with art. 4(3))

F7S. 49(6)(I) substituted (1.10.2004 except in relation to W., 10.11.2004 for W.) by Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (c. 21), s. 61, Sch. 1 para. 94; S.I. 2004/2304, art. 2; S.I. 2004/2917, art. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I1S. 49 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 49 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 49(2)(5)(6)(a)(b)(f)(l)(m)(p)(7) in force at 1.11.2000 in relation to Wales by S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; s. 49 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 49 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

Marginal Citations

50 Model code of conduct.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by order issue a model code as regards the conduct which is expected of members and co-opted members of relevant authorities in England and police authorities in Wales (referred to in this Part as a model code of conduct).

(2)The National Assembly for Wales may by order issue a model code as regards the conduct which is expected of members and co-opted members of relevant authorities in Wales other than police authorities (also referred to in this Part as a model code of conduct).

(3)The power under subsection (1) or (2) to issue a model code of conduct includes power to revise any such model code which has been issued.

(4)A model code of conduct—

(a)must be consistent with the principles for the time being specified in an order under section 49(1) or 49(2) (as the case may be),

(b)may include provisions which are mandatory, and

(c)may include provisions which are optional.

[F10(4A)A model code of conduct issued under subsection (1) must provide, as respects each provision of the code which relates to the conduct expected of the persons mentioned in that subsection—

(a)that the provision applies to a person only when acting in an official capacity; or

(b)that it applies to a person only when not acting in an official capacity;

but the code may provide as mentioned in paragraph (b) only as respects a provision within subsection (4B).

(4B)A provision is within this subsection if it prohibits particular conduct (or conduct of a particular description) where that conduct would constitute a criminal offence.

(4C)A model code of conduct issued under subsection (1) may define for the purposes of the code—

(4D)Provision included under subsection (4A) or (4C) in a model code of conduct—

(a)must be consistent with the provision for the time being included in an order under section 49(1) by virtue of section 49(2A) or (2C);

(b)is to be mandatory except to the extent that it relates to an optional provision;

(c)to the extent that it relates to an optional provision, is to be mandatory where that optional provision is incorporated in a code of conduct under section 51.

(4E)A model code of conduct issued under subsection (2) may include—

(a)provisions which are to apply to a person at all times;

(b)provisions which are to apply to a person otherwise than at all times.]

(5)Before making an order under this section, the Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales must carry out such consultation as is required, by virtue of section 49, before an order is made under that section.

(6)For the purpose of facilitating the making of an order under this section, the Secretary of State may invite such body as he considers appropriate to draw up, and send to him, a proposed model code of conduct or proposed revisions to such a model code.

(7)An invitation under subsection (6)—

(a)must be made in writing,

(b)may be made to more than one body,

(c)may be limited to particular descriptions of authority,

(d)must specify the period within which the proposals are to be drawn up and sent to the Secretary of State,

(e)may require different proposals to be drawn up for different authorities or descriptions of authority, and

(f)may require any body to which the invitation is made to consult such persons as may be specified in the invitation.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I2S. 50 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 50 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 50(2)-(7) in force at 1.11.2000 in relation to Wales by S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; s. 50 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 50 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

51 Duty of relevant authorities to adopt codes of conduct.E+W

(1)It is the duty of a relevant authority, before the end of the period of six months beginning with the day on which the first order under section 50 which applies to them is made, to pass a resolution adopting a code as regards the conduct which is expected of members and co-opted members of the authority (referred to in this Part as a code of conduct).

(2)It is the duty of a relevant authority, before the end of the period of six months beginning with the day on which any subsequent order under section 50 which applies to them is made, to pass a resolution—

(a)adopting a code of conduct in place of their existing code of conduct under this section, or

(b)revising their existing code of conduct under this section.

(3)A relevant authority may by resolution—

(a)adopt a code of conduct in place of their existing code of conduct under this section, or

(b)revise their existing code of conduct under this section.

(4)A code of conduct or revised code of conduct—

(a)must incorporate any mandatory provisions of the model code of conduct which for the time being applies to that authority,

(b)may incorporate any optional provisions of that model code, and

(c)may include other provisions which are consistent with that model code.

[F11(4A)Where under subsection (4)(c) a provision relating to the conduct expected of persons is included in the code of a relevant authority in England or police authority in Wales, the code must provide—

(a)that the provision applies to a person only when acting in an official capacity (within the meaning given by the code); or

(b)that it applies to a person only when not acting in an official capacity (within that meaning);

but the code may provide as mentioned in paragraph (b) only as respects a provision within subsection (4B).

(4B)A provision of a code is within this subsection if it prohibits particular conduct (or conduct of a particular description) where that conduct would constitute a criminal offence within the meaning of the code.

(4C)The provisions which may be included under subsection (4)(c) by a relevant authority in Wales other than a police authority include—

(a)provisions which are to apply to a person at all times;

(b)provisions which are to apply to a person otherwise than at all times.]

(5)Where a relevant authority fail to comply with the duty under subsection (1) or (2) before the end of the period mentioned in that subsection—

(a)they must comply with that duty as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of that period, and

(b)any mandatory provisions of the model code of conduct which for the time being applies to the authority are to apply in relation to the members and co-opted members of the authority for so long as the authority fail to comply with that duty.

(6)As soon as reasonably practicable after adopting or revising a code of conduct under this section, a relevant authority must—

(a)ensure that copies of the code or revised code are available at an office of the authority for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable hours,

(b)publish in one or more newspapers circulating in their area a notice which—

(i)states that they have adopted or revised a code of conduct,

(ii)states that copies of the code or revised code are available at an office of the authority for inspection by members of the public at such times as may be specified in the notice, and

(iii)specifies the address of that office, and

(c)send a copy of the code or revised code—

F12(i). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(ii)in the case of a relevant authority in Wales, to the [F13Public Services Ombudsman for Wales ].

(7)Where a relevant authority themselves publish a newspaper, the duty to publish a notice under subsection (6)(b) is to be construed as a duty to publish that notice in their newspaper and at least one other newspaper circulating in their area.

(8)A relevant authority may publicise their adoption or revision of a code of conduct under this section in any other manner that they consider appropriate.

(9)A relevant authority’s function with respect to the passing of a resolution under this section may be discharged only by the authority (and accordingly, in the case of a relevant authority to which section 101 of the M3Local Government Act 1972 applies, is not to be a function to which that section applies).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F13Words in s. 51(6)(c)(ii) substituted (1.4.2006) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 3; S.I. 2005/2800, art. 5(1)(3) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2006/362, art. 4)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I3S. 51 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 51 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 51 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 51 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

Marginal Citations

52 Duty to comply with code of conduct.E+W

(1)A person who is a member or co-opted member of a relevant authority at a time when the authority adopt a code of conduct under section 51 for the first time—

(a)must, before the end of the period of two months beginning with the date on which the code of conduct is adopted, give to the authority a written undertaking that [F14in performing his functions] he will observe the authority’s code of conduct for the time being under section 51, and

(b)if he fails to do so, is to cease to be a member or co-opted member at the end of that period.

(2)The form of declaration of acceptance of office which may be prescribed by an order under section 83 of the M4Local Government Act 1972 may include an undertaking by the declarant that [F14in performing his functions] he will observe the authority’s code of conduct for the time being under section 51.

(3)A person who becomes a member of a relevant authority to which section 83 of that Act does not apply at any time after the authority have adopted a code of conduct under section 51 for the first time may not act in that office unless he has given the authority a written undertaking that [F14in performing his functions] he will observe the authority’s code of conduct for the time being under section 51.

(4)A person who becomes a co-opted member of a relevant authority at any time after the authority have adopted a code of conduct under section 51 for the first time may not act as such unless he has given the authority a written undertaking that [F14in performing his functions] he will observe the authority’s code of conduct for the time being under section 51.

[F15(5)In relation to a relevant authority whose members and co-opted members are subject to mandatory provisions by virtue of section 51(5)(b)—

(a)the references in subsections (2) to (4) to the authority's code of conduct for the time being under section 51 include the mandatory provisions which for the time being apply to the members and co-opted members of the authority, and

(b)the references in subsections (3) and (4) to any time after the authority have adopted a code of conduct under section 51 for the first time are to be read as references to any time after the coming into force of section 184 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I4S. 52 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 52 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 52 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 52 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

Marginal Citations

Standards committeesE+W

53 Standards committees.E+W

(1)Subject to subsection (2), every relevant authority must establish a committee (referred to in this Part as a standards committee) which is to have the functions conferred on it by or under this Part.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to a parish council or community council.

(3)[F16The number of members of a standards committee of a relevant authority in England or a police authority in Wales and their term of office are to be fixed by the authority (subject to any provision made by virtue of subsection (6)(a)).]

(4)[F16A standards committee of a relevant authority in England or a police authority in Wales must include—

(a)at least two members of the authority, and

(b)at least one person who is not a member, or an officer, of that or any other relevant authority,

[F17and must be chaired by a person falling within paragraph (b) ]. ]

[F17(5)[F16A standards committee of a relevant authority in England which are operating executive arrangements—

(a)may not include the elected mayor or executive leader, and

(b)may not be chaired by a member of the executive.]

(6)[F16The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision—

(a)as to the size and composition of standards committees of relevant authorities in England and police authorities in Wales,

(b)as to the appointment to such committees of persons falling within subsection (4)(b),

(c)with respect to the access of the public to meetings of such committees,

(d)with respect to the publicity to be given to meetings of such committees,

(e)with respect to the production of agendas for, or records of, meetings of such committees,

(f)with respect to the availability to the public or members of relevant authorities of agendas for, records of or information connected with meetings of such committees,

(g)as to the proceedings and validity of proceedings of such committees.]

(7)[F16The Standards Board for England—

(a)may issue guidance with respect to the size and composition of standards committees of relevant authorities in England and police authorities in Wales, and

(b)must send a copy of any such guidance to the Secretary of State.]

(8)[F16A member of a standards committee of a relevant authority in England or a police authority in Wales who is not a member of the authority is entitled to vote at meetings of the committee.]

(9)[F16A relevant authority in England and a police authority in Wales must send a statement which sets out the terms of reference, or any revised terms of reference, of their standards committee to the Standards Board for England.]

(10)[F16A standards committee of a relevant authority in England or a police authority in Wales is not to be regarded as a body to which section 15 of the M5Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (duty to allocate seats to political groups) applies.]

(11)The National Assembly for Wales may by regulations make provision—

(a)as to the size and composition of standards committees of relevant authorities in Wales other than police authorities (including provision with respect to the appointment to any such committee of persons who are not members of the relevant authority concerned),

(b)as to the term of office of members of any such committees,

(c)as to the persons who may, may not or must chair any such committees,

(d)as to the entitlement to vote of members of any such committee who are not members of the relevant authority concerned,

(e)for or in connection with treating any such committees as bodies to which section 15 of the M6Local Government and Housing Act 1989 does not apply,

(f)with respect to the access of the public to meetings of such committees,

(g)with respect to the publicity to be given to meetings of such committees,

(h)with respect to the production of agendas for, or records of, meetings of such committees,

(i)with respect to the availability to the public or members of relevant authorities of agendas for, records of or information connected with meetings of any such committees,

(j)as to the proceedings and validity of proceedings of any such committees,

(k)for or in connection with requiring relevant authorities in Wales (other than police authorities) to send to [F18the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] statements which set out the terms of reference of their standards committees.

(12)The provision which may be made by virtue of subsection (6)(c) to (f) or (11)(f) to (i) includes provision which applies or reproduces (with or without modifications) any provisions of Part VA of the Local Government Act 1972.]

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F18Words in s. 53(11)(k) substituted (12.10.2005 for specified purposes, 1.4.2006 in so far as not already in force) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 4; S.I. 2005/2800, arts. 4(1)(a)(2), 5(1) (with art. 4(3))

Commencement Information

I5S. 53 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 53 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 53(11)(12) in force at 1.11.2000 in relation to Wales by S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; s. 53 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 53 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

Marginal Citations

[F1954ASub-committees of standards committeesE+W

(1)A standards committee of a relevant authority may appoint one or more sub-committees for the purpose of discharging any of the committee’s functions, whether or not to the exclusion of the committee.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to functions under section F20...56.

(3)A sub-committee under subsection (1) shall be appointed from among the members of the standards committee by which it is appointed [F21, but this is subject to section 55(7)(b)].

(4)As regards sub-committees appointed under subsection (1) by a standards committee of a relevant authority in England or of a police authority in Wales—

(a)regulations under section 53(6)(a) and (c) to (g) may make provision in relation to such sub-committees, and

(b)sections 53(7), (8) and (10) and 54(4) and (6) apply in relation to such sub-committees as they apply in relation to standards committees.

(5)As regards sub-committees appointed under subsection (1) by a standards committee of a relevant authority in Wales other than a police authority—

(a)regulations under section 53(11) may make provision in relation to such sub-committees, and

(b)section 54(5) and (7) apply in relation to such sub-committees as they apply in relation to standards committees.

(6)Subject to [F22section 55(5) and to ] any provision made by regulations under section 53(6)(a) or (11)(a) (as applied by this section)—

(a)the number of members of a sub-committee under subsection (1), and

(b)the term of office of those members,

are to be fixed by the standards committee by which the sub-committee is appointed.]

54 Functions of standards committees.E+W

(1)The general functions of a standards committee of a relevant authority are—

(a)promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by the members and co-opted members of the authority, and

(b)assisting members and co-opted members of the authority to observe the authority’s code of conduct.

(2)Without prejudice to its general functions, a standards committee of a relevant authority has the following specific functions—

(a)advising the authority on the adoption or revision of a code of conduct,

(b)monitoring the operation of the authority’s code of conduct, and

(c)advising, training or arranging to train members and co-opted members of the authority on matters relating to the authority’s code of conduct.

(3)A relevant authority may arrange for their standards committee to exercise such other functions as the authority consider appropriate.

[F23(3A)In relation to a relevant authority whose members and co-opted members are subject to mandatory provisions by virtue of section 51(5)(b), references in subsection (1)(b) and (2)(b) and (c) to the authority's code of conduct are to those mandatory provisions.]

(4)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision with respect to the exercise of functions by standards committees of relevant authorities in England and police authorities in Wales.

(5)The National Assembly for Wales may by regulations make provision with respect to the exercise of functions by standards committees of relevant authorities in Wales (other than police authorities).

F24(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7)The National Assembly for Wales may issue guidance with respect to the exercise of functions by standards committees of relevant authorities in Wales (other than police authorities).

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

Commencement Information

I6S. 54 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 54 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 54(5)(7) in force at 1.11.2000 in relation to Wales by S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; s. 54 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 54 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

55 Standards committees F25... for parish councils.E+W

(1)A standards committee of a district council is to have the same functions in relation to—

(a)the parish councils for which the district council are the responsible authority, and

(b)the members of those parish councils,

as the standards committee has under section 54(1) and (2) in relation to the district council and the members of the district council.

(2)A standards committee of a unitary county council is to have the same functions in relation to—

(a)the parish councils for which the county council are the responsible authority, and

(b)the members of those parish councils,

as the standards committee has under section 54(1) and (2) in relation to the county council and the members of the county council.

F26(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)In deciding whether it will be their standards committee, or a sub-committee of their standards committee, which is to discharge [F27a function] conferred by this section, a district council or unitary county council must consult the parish councils for which they are the responsible authority.

(5)[F28 Where a function conferred by this section is to be exercised by a sub-committee of the standards committee of a district council or unitary county council, the number of members of the sub-committee, ] and the term of office of those members, are to be fixed by the standards committee after consultation with the parish councils for which the district council or unitary county council are the responsible authority.

[F29(5A)Subsection (5) is subject to any provision made by regulations under section 53(6)(a) (as applied by section 54A).]

(6)Where the standards committee of a district council or unitary county council discharges [F30any function] conferred by this section, the standards committee—

(a)must include at least one member of any of the parish councils for which the district council or unitary county council are the responsible authority, and

(b)must ensure that at least one person falling within paragraph (a) is present at any meeting of the committee when matters relating to those parish councils, or the members of those parish councils, are being considered.

[F31(7)Where a sub-committee of the standards committee of a district council or unitary county council discharges any function conferred by this section, the sub-committee—

(a)must include at least one member of the standards committee who falls within section 53(4)(b);

(b)must include at least one member of any of the parish councils for which the district council or unitary county council are the responsible authority; and

(c)must ensure that at least one person falling within paragraph (b) is present at any meeting of the sub-committee when matters relating to those parish councils, or the members of those parish councils, are being considered.]

(8)F32... regulations under section 53(6)(b) may make provision as to the appointment of persons falling within subsection (6)(a) or (7)(a) or (b) of this section.

F33(9). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F34(10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(11)Any function which by virtue of the following provisions of this Part is exercisable by F35... the standards committee of a relevant authority which is a parish council is to be exercisable by F35...—

(a)the standards committee of the district council or unitary county council which are the responsible authority in relation to the parish council, or

(b)where that standards committee has appointed a sub-committee [F36with responsibility for that function,] that sub-committee;

F37...

[F38(11A)Any function which by virtue of the following provisions of this Part is exercisable in relation to the standards committee of a relevant authority which is a parish council is to be exercisable in relation to the standards committee of the district council or unitary county council which are the responsible authority in relation to the parish council.

(11B)Any reference in the following provisions of this Part to the standards committee of a relevant authority which is a parish council is to be construed in accordance with subsections (11) and (11A).]

(12)A district council or unitary county council are the responsible authority—

(a)in relation to a parish council which is not a common parish council, if the parish is situated within the area of the district council or county council,

(b)in relation to a parish council which is a common parish council—

(i)if the parishes in the group are wholly situated within that area, or

(ii)where that is not the case, if the greatest number of local government electors for the parishes in the group is situated in that area.

(13)In this section “unitary county council” means the council of a county in England in which there are no district councils.

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Commencement Information

I7S. 55 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 55 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 55 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 55 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

56 Standards committees or sub-committees for community councils.E+W

(1)A standards committee of a county council in Wales is to have the same functions in relation to—

(a)the community councils which are situated in the area of the county council, and

(b)the members of those community councils,

as the standards committee has under section 54(1) and (2) in relation to the county council and the members of the county council.

(2)A standards committee of a county borough council is to have the same functions in relation to—

(a)the community councils which are situated in the area of the county borough council, and

(b)the members of those community councils,

as the standards committee has under section 54(1) and (2) in relation to the county borough council and the members of the county borough council.

(3)A standards committee of a county council or county borough council may appoint a sub-committee for the purpose of discharging all of the functions conferred on the standards committee by this section.

(4)In deciding whether it will be their standards committee, or a sub-committee of their standards committee, which is to discharge the functions conferred by this section, a county council or county borough council must consult the community councils which are situated in their area.

(5)Regulations under section 53(11) may make provision in relation to sub-committees appointed under this section.

(6)Subsections (5) and (7) of section 54 apply in relation to sub-committees of standards committees appointed under this section as they apply in relation to standards committees.

(7)Any function which by virtue of the following provisions of this Part is exercisable by or in relation to the standards committee of a relevant authority which is a community council is to be exercisable by or in relation to—

(a)the standards committee of the county council or county borough council in whose area the community council is situated, or

(b)where that standards committee has appointed a sub-committee under this section, that sub-committee;

and any reference in the following provision of this Part to the standards committee of a relevant authority which is a community council is to be construed accordingly.

[F3956AJoint committees of relevant authorities in EnglandE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may make regulations under which two or more relevant authorities in England may—

(a)establish a joint committee of those authorities; and

(b)arrange for relevant functions to be exercisable by that committee.

(2)In this section a “relevant function” means a function conferred by or under this Part or any other enactment on the standards committee of any (or each) of the relevant authorities.

(3)The regulations may in particular—

(a)specify functions in relation to which arrangements may, or may not, be made;

(b)make provision, in relation to joint committees or sub-committees of joint committees, which corresponds to or applies (with or without modifications)—

(i)any provision of, or that could be made under, regulations under section 53(6) or 54(4),

(ii)any provision of section 53(3) to (5), (7) to (9), 54(6) or 54A(1), (3) or (6), or

(iii)any provision of section 55(4) to (7).

(4)Regulations under this section may modify any provision of this Part, or any other enactment relating to a standards committee or to any function of a standards committee, in relation to cases where a function of a standards committee is exercisable by a joint committee.

(5)In this section “enactment” includes any enactment or subordinate legislation, whenever passed or made.

(6)Any reference in this section to a relevant authority in England does not include a parish council.]

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