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Clause 2 — Protocol about the Law Commission's work

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:45 pm on 16th October 2009.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice) 12:45 pm, 16th October 2009

The Law Commissions Act 1965 makes it precisely clear what is the relationship between the Law Commission and the Lord Chancellor, and the relationship with Parliament as well. It seems to me that this part of the Bill is completely unnecessary. It lays down in legislation something that should be taken as normal in any sensible, constructive relationship that is already itself based on statute. All it does is complicate the Bill, as well as throw into it a bit of extra new Labour jargon, so it is completely unnecessary.

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