Safeguarding of Child's Property

Orders of the Day — Children (Scotland) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 1st May 1995.

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Amendment proposed: No. 119, in page 7, line 11, leave out 'by regulations'.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]

Photo of Mrs Maria Fyfe Mrs Maria Fyfe , Glasgow Maryhill

I wish to ask a brief question about the intention of leaving out the words, "by regulations". May we conclude that scrutiny of the contents will be reduced if the words, "by regulations" are left out? The Minister should explain that a little further.

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

These are small technical amendments, which remove unnecessary references to regulations. Clause 88 states that the Secretary of State's powers to make rules or regulations shall he exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament. The amendments make no material change but offer a useful tidying and simplification of clauses 9 and 26. I am glad to confirm that they are technical and nothing substantial or secretive is being slipped through.

Amendment agreed to.