Courtesy of CallingEngland my attention is drawn to a post here by Anne Palmer on the Localism Bill and the responsibility of local authorities to meet any fines imposed by the European Union. The relevant section of the Localism Bill is Part 2 (page 29), which has had its third reading in the House of Commons and is now at committee stage in the House of Lords, the latter to take place on 20th of this month.
In the Coalition's programme for government there is no policy statement that EU fines will become the responsibility of local authorities - at the behest of a Minister - so yet again we are seeing the imposition of a policy which not one party mentioned in their manifestos and for which the Coalition had no mandate. 31 (6) is most telling:
"If an EU financial sanction notice is registered in accordance with rules of court or any practice direction, it is enforceable in the same manner as an order of the High Court."
What is really incomprehensible is the list of MPs who voted at the 3rd reading to pass this bill and includes Douglas Carswell, Bill Cash, Peter Bone, James Clappison, Philip Hollobone and Philip Davies - supposedly Eurosceptics.
People, we are well and truly 'pro-created'!