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New Clause 19 — Power to remove or reduce burdens

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North 3:37 pm, 15th May 2006

I congratulate my hon. Friend. As one who expressed concern about the measure because of its potential effects, may I say how pleased I am that his predecessor, and the Government generally, listened to and recognised the concerns expressed not just by Labour and Opposition Members, but by the Trades Union Congress and other bodies? While the Government did not intend to do any of the things that it was suggested they might do, other Governments could have, and I am very pleased that, as far as I can see, the Bill now contains the necessary safeguards.