New Clause 7 — Approval of Operational Plan

Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 3rd December 2007.

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'(1) The Commission must—

(a) prepare an Operational Plan to establish how it will meet its objectives under section 2 of this Act and;

(b) publish the Plan in such manner as the Commission considers appropriate.

(2) The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a copy of the Operational Plan published under this section.

(3) The Operational Plan shall not have effect unless, within three months of the date on which it is laid before Parliament, a motion has been made in each House considering the Plan.

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations determine the categories of information to be included in the Operational Plan.

(5) Regulations made under subsection (4) may include details of staffing levels the Commission considers it appropriate to maintain in order for it to fulfil its functions.'.— [Paul Rowen.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 168, Noes 263.

Division number 17

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Question accordingly negatived.