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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 6:00 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Chair, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) 6:00 pm, 15th May 2006

My hon. Friend is a long-standing opponent of section 2, in particular, of the European Communities Act. Surely it is open to any Government to introduce legislation to repeal that section, if they so wish. My hon. Friend and I would disagree on the desirability of such a measure, but a proper way of dealing with the issue would be to present primary legislation—which, I would hope, would be debated at the same length as the original legislation—on the Floor of the House of Commons. My hon. Friend is a great parliamentarian, and I cannot understand why he of all people should suggest that no more than the Bill and a statutory instrument should be employed to enact a drastic measure on which he and I will not reach speedy agreement.