Local Government Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill
Amendment made: 7, title, line 1, leave out from beginning to ‘safety’ in line 3 and insert ‘Make provision about the procedure for conducting investigations under Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1974; and to make provision for cases where an authority to which that part applies takes a decision that affects the holding of an event for a reason relating to health or’.—(Mr Chope.)
Christopher Chope (Christchurch, Conservative)
I would just like to put on record my appreciation, and I think the Committee’s appreciation, of your robust chairmanship, Mr Walker. Once again, I thank everyone for participating in this important occasion. I hope that the Bill will be able to make further progress. Without being too disparaging of some Opposition Members, I hope that when we get to the next stage they will actually look at the Bill and see whether they can understand it. I think that if they do so, they would be more supportive of the Bill than some of them have been hitherto.
Bob Neill (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Bromley and Chislehurst, Conservative)
As well as joining my hon. Friend in congratulating you, Mr Walker, on your expeditious and expert chairmanship of the Committee, and thanking hon. Members, I put on record the Government’s view that, in light of the amendments having been accepted by the Committee, the provisions of the Bill are compatible with the European convention on human rights.
Helen Jones rose—
Helen Jones (Warrington North, Labour)
I, too, would like to thank you for your chairmanship of this Committee, Mr Walker. It is probably a record for anything involving the hon. Member for Christchurch to be dealt with in little more than half an hour. I also thank my hon. Friends for being here this morning and for participating in what has been a good-natured debate, which we look forward to continuing on the Floor of the House.