Performance of Companies and Government Departments (Reporting) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:10 pm on 30th January 2004.

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Photo of Robert Smith Robert Smith Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 2:10 pm, 30th January 2004

The Minister suggested that hon. Members should be patient. Witnesses who appeared before the Select Committee on Trade and Industry were attracted by the White Paper's vision of company law finally being brought together in one overarching Bill and the burden on smaller businesses being reduced by the nature of its structure. The Minister says that the Government are working hard on the Bill. Can he give the House some idea of when it will be produced and put before us, so that we can see that the promises in the White Paper are being delivered?