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Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

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  1. Introduction

  2. Overview of the Act

  3. Summary

    1. Part 1: The Civil Service

    2. Part 2: Ratification of Treaties

    3. Part 3: Parliamentary Standards

    4. Part 4: Tax status of MPs and members of the House of Lords

    5. Part 5: Transparency of Government Financial Reporting to Parliament

    6. Part 6: Public Records and Freedom of Information

    7. Part 7: Miscellaneous and Final Provisions

      1. Section 47: section 3 of the Act of Settlement

      2. Section 48: Parliamentary elections: counting of votes

  4. Background

    1. Part 1 Background - The civil service

    2. Part 2 Background - Ratification of treaties

    3. Part 3 Background – Parliamentary Standards

    4. Part 4 Background – Tax status of MPs and members of the House of Lords

    5. Part 5 Background – Transparency of government financial reporting to Parliament

    6. Part 6 Background – Public Records and Freedom of Information

    7. Part 7 Background - Miscellaneous and Final Provisions

      1. Section 47 – section 3 of the Act of Settlement

      2. Section 48 – Parliamentary elections: counting of votes

  5. Territorial Extent

  6. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: the Civil Service

      1. Chapter 1

        1. Section 1: Application of Chapter

        2. Section 2: Establishment of the Civil Service Commission

    2. Schedule 1: The Civil Service Commission

      1. Part 1: The Commissioners

      2. Part 2: The Commission

    3. Section 3: Management of the civil service

    4. Section 4: Other statutory management powers

    5. Section 5: Civil service code

    6. Section 6: Diplomatic service code

    7. Section 7: Minimum requirements for civil service and diplomatic service codes

    8. Section 8: Special advisers code

    9. Section 9: Conduct that conflicts with a code of conduct: complaints by civil servants

    10. Section 10: Selections for appointments to the civil service

    11. Section 11: Recruitment principles

    12. Section 12: Approvals for selections and exceptions

    13. Section 13: Complaints about competitions

    14. Section 14: Monitoring by the Commission

    15. Section 15: Definition of “special adviser”

    16. Section 16: Annual reports about special advisers

    17. Section 17: Agreements for the Commission to carry out additional functions

    18. Chapter 2

      1. Section 19: Consequential amendments and transitional provision

    19. Schedule 2: Consequential amendments and transitional provision relating to Part 1

      1. Part 1: Consequential amendments

      2. Part 2: Consequential amendments to other legislation

      3. Part 3: Transitional provision relating to the Civil Service Commission

      4. Part 4: Other transitional provision

    20. Part 2: Ratification of treaties

      1. Section 20: Treaties to be laid before Parliament before ratification

      2. Section 21: Extension of 21 sitting day period

      3. Section 22: Section 20 not to apply in exceptional cases

      4. Section 23: Section 20 not to apply to certain descriptions of treaties

      5. Section 24: Explanatory memoranda

      6. Section 25: Meaning of “treaty” and “ratification

    21. Part 3: Parliamentary Standards Etc

      1. Section 26: Compliance Officer

    22. Schedule 3: Parliamentary Standards Act 2009: substituted Schedule 2

    23. Section 27: Membership of Speaker’s Committee

    24. Section 28: Transparency

    25. Section 29: MPs’ salaries

    26. Section 30: MPs’ allowances scheme

    27. Section 31: Allowances claims

    28. Section 32: MPs’ code of conduct relating to financial interests

    29. Section 33: Investigations

    30. Section 34: Enforcement

    31. Schedule 4: Parliamentary Standards Act 2009: new Schedule 4

    32. Section 35: Relationships with other bodies

    33. Section 36: Further functions of and Commissioner

    34. Section 37: Expiry of provisions of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009

    35. Section 38: Consequential amendments

    36. Schedule 5: Parliamentary standards: consequential amendments

    37. Section 39: Resettlement grants for MEPs

    38. Section 40: Parliamentary and other pensions

    39. Schedule 6: Parliamentary and other pensions

      1. Part 1: Parliamentary and Other Pensions

      2. Part 2: Provisions which may be included in schemes

      3. Part 3: Amendments, transitional provision

    40. Part 4: Tax Status of Mps and Members of the House of Lords

      1. Section 41: Tax status of MPs and members of the House of Lords

      2. Section 42: Tax status of members of the House of Lords: transitional provision

    41. Part 5: Transparency of Government Financial Reporting to Parliament

      1. Section 43: Inclusion in departmental estimates of resources used by designated bodies

      2. Section 44: Corresponding provision in relation to Wales

    42. Part 6: Public Records and Freedom of Information

      1. Section 45: Transfer of records to Public Record Office

      2. Section 46: Freedom of information

    43. Schedule 7:  amendments of Freedom of Information Act 2000

    44. Part 7: Miscellaneous and Final Provisions

      1. Section 47: Section 3 of the Act of Settlement

      2. Section 48: Parliamentary elections: counting of votes

      3. Section 49: Meaning of “Minister of the Crown”

      4. Section 50: Financial provision

      5. Section 51: Power to make consequential provision

      6. Section 52: Extent, commencement, transitional provision and short title

  7. Commencement Dates

  8. Hansard References

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