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With the leave of the House, I thank everyone who has attended and spoken today, some at more considerable length than others.
I thank Rob Butler, my hon. Friend Seema Malhotra, Andrew Lewer, my hon. Friend Florence Eshalomi, Chris Green, my hon. Friend Ms Rimmer, Scott Benton, my hon. Friend Paula Barker, David Johnston —an excellent speech by the way—my hon. Friend Kim Johnson, Kevin Hollinrake, my hon. Friend Fleur Anderson, my new found friend James Daly, my hon. Friend Stephanie Peacock and Robert Courts. A number of Members have also made powerful interventions.
I thank my good friend and former boss, the shadow Secretary of State for Education, my hon. Friend Angela Rayner, who again made a powerful speech and, very importantly, has been a long-standing champion of this issue. I also thank the Secretary of State, the Minister and the formidable team behind the Ministers who are predominantly women—we should note that—as well as the 20 or so organisations that have been champions of the Bill for some time. Other significant people include the sponsors of the Bill. I will not go through individual names—they know who they are. I thank them for their fantastic and powerful contributions.
Finally, and very importantly, I thank the children involved with the Children’s Society who shaped and contributed to some of the original guidance in 2013. They paved the way for the Bill. As well as consulting with manufacturers and retailers—there are some great ones out there—the Bill, with fair, transparent and competitive tendering, will open up opportunities for them. The shadow Leader of the House, my right hon. Friend Valerie Vaz, wrote to me only yesterday about a manufacturer that is a little concerned about aspects of the Bill. That manufacturer is an absolute bargain basement and it offers quality, so the provisions of the Bill should offer it opportunities.
I again thank the Children’s Society, which has been a key supporter of the Bill. I look forward to contributing to its passage through the House.
Question put and agreed to.
Bill accordingly read a Second time, to stand committed to a Public Bill Committee (