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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 4:00 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris Labour, Wolverhampton South West 4:00 pm, 15th May 2006

I welcome my hon. Friend to his post. He has made a considerable impact in Wolverhampton, and I am sure that he will do the same as a Minister.

I apologise because I have to leave the Chamber shortly to go to a meeting, but I suggest that my hon. Friend outline to the Opposition the background, which they do not seem to understand, to new clause 19 in terms of the safeguards that are built into the Bill. It is not a matter of a Minister simply putting some forward. My understanding is that if the Government amendments are successful, any proposal will have to go through two Select Committees. There may be a Government majority on those, but there is a Government majority in the House. That is the way in which the House works. Having voiced considerable concerns on Second Reading, I am now worried that there are so many safeguards that the Government have gone too far the other way. I urge him to keep an open mind and explain the safeguards.