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New Clause 8 — Parliamentary requirements

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) 9:30 pm, 2nd June 2008

Will my hon. Friend forgive me if I do not? I have given way to him so often today, and I want to deal with the other points that have been raised.

It is good to see Mr. Benyon in his place for this part of the proceedings. I hope that he will accept that his amendment No. 3 seeks to add a level of detail that is not appropriate for the Bill—certainly not before the Government have come to their conclusions following consideration of the specialist advisory report or the recommendations and views of the Health Protection Agency.

Let me give the hon. Gentleman what I hope he will take as a note of encouragement. The appraisal of sustainability that I have made clear will be required as part of the process for producing a draft national policy statement—certainly before the statement can be designated—will need to consider, as an appraisal of sustainability and not just of the environment, population and human health as part of the social, economic and environmental effects. Furthermore, there is a provision in the Bill that gives the Secretary of State a power to prescribe statutory consultees in secondary legislation. I say to the hon. Gentleman that this is the process and that is the place in which to consider the roles of the organisations in which he has an interest.

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