Local Government Bill Notice of Amendments tabled on 13 March 2014 for Consideration Stage

New Clause

After clause 109 insert -

‘Part 14A

Flying of flags at council offices

Flying of flags at council offices other than a bespoke council flag

109A.—(1) The Union flag and any other flag shall be flown at the main office of any council on the days on which and at the times at which they are required to be flown according to the UK Government department responsible for designating the days for the flying of flags on UK Government buildings in Northern Ireland.

(2) Except as provided in this Part, no flag shall be flown at any council offices at any time.’

Ms Anna Lo
Mr Stewart Dickson

New Clause

After clause 109 insert -

‘The flying of bespoke flags for the district council flags at council offices

109B.—(1) A council may commission and adopt a flag for use which represents the council district.

(2) The adoption of a flag for the council district must be adopted by resolution of the council passed by qualified majority.

(3) This flag may be flown from the council offices on any day that the council decides.

(4) Nothing in this section should be taken to prevent the flying of flags as specified elsewhere in this Act.’

Ms Anna Lo
Mr Stewart Dickson

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 17

After ‘available’ insert ‘on its website and’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 25, Page 11, Line 29

Leave out ‘not’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 44, Page 23, Line 4

Leave out ‘Standing orders must’ and insert ‘The Department must by order’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 45, Page 24, Line 16

At end insert -

‘(1A) The Department must appoint a panel of solicitors for the purposes of providing an opinion if requested under subsection (2).’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 45, Page 24, Line 18

Leave out ‘a practising barrister or solicitor’ and insert ‘the panel of solicitors appointed under subsection (1A)’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 85, Page 48, Line 33

Leave out from ‘then’ to ‘overlap,’ and insert -

‘it shall seek to remove or reduce that overlap, taking into account the views of the bodies exercising the overlapping powers.

(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2)’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

New Clause

After clause 109 insert -

‘PART 14A

FLYING OF FLAGS AT COUNCIL OFFICES

Flying of flags at council offices

109A.—(1) The Union flag shall be flown at the offices of any council as a minimum on the days on which and at the times at which they are required to be flown at United Kingdom government buildings in Northern Ireland.

(2) Except as provided in this Part, no national flag of any other country shall be flown at any council offices at any time.’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

New Clause

After clause 109 insert -

‘Flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Council offices

109C. The Union flag shall be flown at Belfast City Council offices every day.’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

Clause 114, Page 63, Line 34

After ‘(2A)’ insert ‘for a rates convergence period lasting a minimum of three years’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

New Clause

After clause 123 insert -

‘Council websites

Council websites

123A. The Department must by regulations specify a standard format for the domain names of council websites.’

Mr Tom Elliott
Mr Danny Kinahan

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