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 Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office 2:10 pm, 30th January 2004

To some extent, that will depend on the way in which the continuing work results in outside organisations expressing concerns that we have to take into account. I cannot therefore give a clear timetable. We are working reasonably quickly, but when we consider introducing complex legislation that will have a significant impact on many companies we are required to take full account of the views of a range of companies, the trade unions and various non-governmental organisations that have contributed so far. We want to ensure that they get the opportunity for a further say on, for example, any Government proposals on regulation, the Bill and the formal statutory legislation that we want to introduce in due course.