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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 7:30 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Richard Shepherd Richard Shepherd Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills 7:30 pm, 15th May 2006

My right hon. Friend has made a brilliant point. He and I have made that point about Governments of other complexions who have resisted the concept of reasonableness because the Executive, advised by draftsmen or by their own self-importance, have felt that it is an unreasonable constraint to be reasonably constrained.