Section 147: Minor and consequential amendments
305.Section 147 makes provision for Schedule 9, which makes minor and consequential amendments to other legislation. The following amendments are of particular note:
306.Paragraph 8 of Schedule 9 amends the Children Act 1989 to make the CSCI responsible for notifying the Secretary of State of instances where it believes an individual has not been added to the Protection of Children Act or Protection of Vulnerable Adult lists, when they should have been. That Act is also amended to ensure that the CSCI is notified by the relevant local authority when a child dies whilst in local authority care.
307.Paragraph 12 amends the Audit Commission Act 1998 (“he 1998 Act”). Subparagraph (2) provides for the Audit Commission to consult the CHAI, the CSCI and the Assembly when drawing up various codes of audit practice prescribing the way in which auditors are to carry out their functions. Subparagraph (3) provides that the Audit Commission must obtain the agreement of the CHAI before preparing or making any changes to provisions of a code applicable to the accounts of health service bodies that concern an auditor’s consideration of whether arrangements have been made for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources. Subparagraph (5) provides for the Audit Commission to consult the CSCI and the Assembly when it is considering undertaking a study for improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in services connected with English and Welsh local authority social services respectively.
308.Subparagraph (6) provides that the Audit Commission’s functions under section 33(1) of the 1998 Act of undertaking studies for improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of services, and for improving the financial or other management of bodies do not (apart from functions of conducting studies on financial management) apply in relation to Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, and NHS trusts all or most of whose establishments are situated in England.
309.Subparagraph (7) provides for the Audit Commission to consult the CSCI when it is considering undertaking a study on the impact of statutory provisions, or directions or guidance given by a Minister, that are connected with English local authority social services and consult the Assembly where this concerns Welsh local authority social services.