Clause 13 — Commencement

Part of Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:09 pm on 30th November 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport 2:09 pm, 30th November 2012

It is a great pleasure to bring to a close today’s debate on this welcome Bill, as we acknowledge the Bill that was started under the hon. Member for

Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) in his time. I am grateful to him and to his colleague, Andrew Miller, for their helpful and constructive contributions.

The Bill has been acknowledged on both sides of the House as desirable and as needing some fine-tuning, which is why we listened in Committee. I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friends the Members for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) and for Croydon South (Richard Ottaway) and glad that I have been able to provide them with some reassurance on the matters they are concerned about. I accept that further work is needed, particularly on the code of practice, and look forward to ensuring that happens, in line with the commitments I have given today. My hon. Friend Jackie Doyle-Price is absolutely right that one of the important aspects of the Bill is what it does in relation to the ports police.

Of course, it is much to the credit of my hon. Friend Sheryll Murray that her Bill has made such rapid progress so far. Taking on board the maritime theme, I think that it has made the progress of a speedy catamaran, rather than a ponderous super-tanker—that is probably enough of my laboured jokes for one day. I am delighted that the Bill has made its way through this House and look forward to watching its progress through the other place.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed .