Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill [ Lords]

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 12th March 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury) 1:17 pm, 12th March 2010

It is important that legislation is properly scrutinised. Although there was discussion about the Bill in the previous Session, so far there has been no such discussion or debate on the Floor of the House. It is the responsibility of parliamentarians to scrutinise legislation properly, to identify its benefits and to ensure that it is clear to people what its purpose is and, in this case, where it takes the legislative framework around co-operative, industrial and provident societies and credit unions. That is the right thing to do. The hon. Gentleman will also know that, although one can make a speech about a measure, the balance of opinion in the House will be revealed in a Division on Third Reading, if there is one.