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

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 1:37 pm on 12th March 2010.

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Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Labour, Croydon North 1:37 pm, 12th March 2010

As the sponsor of the Bill in this House, I hope that I am not dull; I am, however, necessary, because it was necessary to take the Bill through the House of Commons again. It might seem strange to anyone reading the record that the sponsor of the Bill in the House of Commons made the shortest speech on it, but I believe that over the past two years we have scrutinised and improved the legislation across the parties in both Houses of Parliament.

The expert exposition by the shadow Minister, Mr. Hoban, was most welcome, and I also welcome the full support for the Bill from Norman Lamb. Furthermore, it is always useful to give a Whip an opportunity to speak in the House of Commons. This might, in a sense, be a Treasury Bill, but the Treasury Minister clearly had so much confidence in me that he or she did not feel it absolutely necessary to be here in person to voice their support. I commend the Bill to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.