Again, the clause is a formal part of the Bill and deals with the short title and implementation arrangements. Bearing in mind our early discussions on the St. Andrew’s agreement, it is important to point out that the Bill will cover Northern Ireland.
I am intrigued by subsection (2), which refers to the Bill coming into force on different days and for different purposes. I would be interested if the hon. Gentleman were to explain why the Bill extends to Northern Ireland, as well as to England, Wales and Scotland.
The Government support the clause.
Given that subsection (2) is the usual sort of provision that would be sought for implementation, there is nothing sinister about it. If the hon. Member for Christchurch has a problem with it, no doubt we can consider it bearing in mind that there are, in effect, two active clauses. That is a fair point.
As for subsection (3), the hon. Gentleman will recall that, under clause 1, we debated the St. Andrew’s agreement and its importance in extending the Bill to include Northern Ireland bearing in mind that about 25 per cent. of its population were previously excluded from service with the Government. That was dealt with by the 2007 order to which we referred earlier, and the particular provision in front of us will supersede that.