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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 3:45 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Mark Fisher Mark Fisher Labour, Stoke-on-Trent Central 3:45 pm, 15th May 2006

Does the Minister accept that a burden on one group in society may well be a freedom for another group? I do not understand how the interpretation of subsection (3) of the new clause would relate to, for instance, employment rights. From the point of view of the employer, which may be the state or a private company, employment rights are undoubtedly a burden on efficiency and productivity. According to my reading of the new clause, it would appear that employment rights could be removed by order of a Minister.