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extension of leave to remain

Part of Coronavirus Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:52 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine Conservative, Winchester 7:52 pm, 23rd March 2020

Further to my right hon. Friend’s point, when the pandemic influenza Bill was drafted—I spoke about it on Second Reading—it was agreed that if specific circumstances at the time meant the freestanding Bill, on which the Coronavirus Bill is based, was not able to be brought forward to the House, clauses could very easily be converted into regulations under part 2 of the Civil Contingencies Act. I remember those discussions very clearly from being in office at the time. My right hon. Friend has a point.