Localism Bill report stage and third reading

19 May 2011

The House of Commons held the final day of the report stage and third reading on the Localism Bill on Wednesday 18 May. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Day one: 17 May 2011

MPs considered in the following order; New Clauses 12, 10, Amendments 37, 44-98, 2, 41, 99-131, New Clauses 13 and 14, Amendments 132-143, New Clause 15, 29, 31, Amendments 144-150, 298, 151-184, New Clauses 16-18 and Amendments 185-190.

New Clause 12 was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause 10 was brought up but negatived and not added to the Bill.

Amendment 37 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 44-98 were agreed to without a division.

Amendment 2 was negatived on a division.

Amendment 41 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 99-131 were agreed to without a division.

New Clauses 13 and 14 were agreed to without a division.

Amendments 132-143 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 15 was read a first and second time on a division and added to the Bill.

New Clauses 29 was negatived on a division.

New Clause 31 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 144-150 were agreed to without a division.

Amendment 298 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 151-184 were agreed to without a division.

New Clauses 16, 17 and 18 were agreed to without a division.

Amendments 185-190 were agreed to without a division.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during day one of the report stage on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Day two: Wednesday 18 May

MPs considered in the following order; New Clause 21, New Schedule 2, New Clause 20, Amendments 205-212, 353, 213-220, New Clause 19, Amendments 13, 271, 191-204, New Clause 22 and Amendments 221-268.

New Clause 21 was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Schedule 2 was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause 20 was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

Amendments 205-212 were agreed to without a division.

Amendment 352 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 213-220 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 19 was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

Amendment 13 was negatived on a division.

Amendment 271 was negatived on a division.

Amendments 191-204 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 22 was added to the Bill.

Amendments 221-298 were agreed to without a division.

The Bill was read a third time on a division; Ayes 300, Noes 216. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during day two of the report stage and third reading on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Summary of the Bill

The Localism Bill will devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities more control over housing and planning decisions. Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documents on the Localism Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Key areas of the Bill

  • Provisions in relation to local government, including a general power of competence for local authorities and relevant Fire and Rescue Authorities, changes to local authority governance arrangements  including provision for directly elected mayors, the abolition of the Standards Board regime, and requirements for  local authorities to set senior pay policy statements.
  • Provisions  relating to community empowerment, including  giving people, councillors and councils the power to instigate local referendums on any local issue and a power to approve or veto in a referendum a council tax increase deemed to be excessive, and enabling voluntary and community bodies and others to express an interest in running a local authority service, and local community groups to bid or buy buildings or land which are listed as assets of community value.
  • Reform of the planning system; including provisions to abolish regional strategies, provide for neighbourhood development orders and plans, make pre-application consultation compulsory, and make changes to planning enforcement.
  • Provisions to reform social housing including measures to offer flexible tenancies for new social tenants; create a new system of council housing finance; provide assistance for tenants to exchange their social rented property; and transfer the functions of the Tenant Service Authority to the Homes and Communities Agency.
  • Abolition of the Home Information Pack.
  • Provisions for London that provide the Mayor with additional powers relating to housing and regeneration.
  • Abolition of the London Development Agency.

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