Local Government Act 1988

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1988 c. 9


Local Government Act 1988

1988 CHAPTER 9

An Act to secure that local and other public authorities undertake certain activities only if they can do so competitively; to regulate certain functions of local and other public authorities in connection with public supply or works contracts; to authorise and regulate the provision of financial assistance by local authorities for certain housing purposes; to prohibit the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities; to make provision about local authorities' publicity, local government administration, the powers of auditors, land held by public bodies, direct labour organisations, arrangements under the Employment and Training Act 1973, the Commission for Local Authority Accounts in Scotland, the auditing of accounts of local authorities in Scotland, and dog registration, dog licences and stray dogs; and for connected purposes.

[24th March 1988]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I Competition

Part I

Competition

Preliminary

Preliminary

S-1 Defined authorities.

1 Defined authorities.

(1) For the purposes of this Part each of the following is a defined authority—

(a) a local authority,

(b) an urban development corporation established by an order under section 135 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 ,

(c) a development corporation established for the purposes of a new town,

(d) the Commission for the New Towns,

(e) a police authority constituted under section 2 of the Police Act 1964 or as mentioned in section 3(1) of that Act, or established by section 24 or 25 of the Local Government Act 1985 ,

(f) a fire authority constituted by a combination scheme and a metropolitan county fire and civil defence authority,

(g) the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority,

(h) a metropolitan county passenger transport authority,

(i) an authority established by an order under section 10(1) of the Local Government Act 1985 (waste disposal),

(j) a joint education committee established by an order under paragraph 3 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Education Act 1944 and the Inner London Education Authority,

(k) a water development board in Scotland, and

(l) the Scottish Special Housing Association.

(2) In the application of this Part to England and Wales, ‘local authority’ in subsection (1) above means—

(a) a county council, a district council, a London borough council, a parish council, a community council or the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

(b) the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as local authority or police authority.

(3) In the application of this Part to Scotland, in subsection (1) above—

(a) ‘local authority’ means a regional, islands or district council or any joint board or joint committee within the meaning of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 , and

(b) ‘water development board’ has the same meaning as in section 109(1) of the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 .

(4) In a case where two or more defined authorities arrange under section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972 for the discharge by a joint committee of theirs of any of their functions, the committee shall itself be treated as a defined authority for the purposes of this Part in its application to England and Wales.

S-2 Defined activities.

2 Defined activities.

(1) This section applies for the purposes of this Part.

(2) Each of the following is a defined activity—

(a) collection of refuse,

(b) cleaning of buildings,

(c) other cleaning,

(d) catering for purposes of schools and welfare,

(e) other catering,

(f) maintenance of ground, and

(g) repair and maintenance of vehicles;

and Schedule 1 to this Act applies for the purpose of interpreting the preceding provisions of this subsection.

(3) The Secretary of State may by order provide for an activity to be a defined activity by adding a paragraph to those for the time being appearing in subsection (2) above.

(4) Before making an order under subsection (3) above, the Secretary of State shall consult such representatives of local government as appear to him to be appropriate.

(5) Where work would (apart from this subsection) fall within more than one defined activity it shall be treated as falling only within such one of them as the authority carrying out the work decide.

(6) Work which is carried out by a defined authority through an employee and which would (apart from this subsection) fall within a defined activity shall not do so if it is incidental to the greater part of the work he is employed to do and the greater part does not constitute a defined activity.

(7) If a defined authority carry out work which (apart from this subsection) would not fall within a defined activity, and which in their opinion cannot be carried out efficiently separately from a particular defined activity, the work shall (if they so decide) be treated as falling within that defined activity.

(8) Work which would (apart from this subsection) fall within a defined activity shall not do so if it is calculated to avert, alleviate or eradicate the effects or potential effects of an emergency or disaster (actual or potential) involving or likely to involve danger to life or health or serious damage to or destruction of property.

(9) The Secretary of State may provide by order that any activity specified in the order, if carried out by a defined authority or authorities so specified, shall not be treated as a defined activity so long as conditions so specified are fulfilled.

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