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New Clause 16 — Names and addresses of members of companies: company application

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 18th October 2006.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 4:00 pm, 18th October 2006

I am trying to follow the hon. Gentleman's argument with care, but I am still not sure why he takes the view that the decision should be made not by the courts—as set out in clause 117—but by the Secretary of State, with the safeguard of having the courts in the background. What is the point of this? I cannot follow the nub of his argument as to why the Secretary of State should make this decision, rather than the court.