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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:48 pm on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe 12:48 pm, 22nd September 2020

I am thankful for my right hon. Friend’s commitments on parliamentary scrutiny. He will know that many Members of the House and members of the public are concerned about the use of delegated powers, and I am sure that he remembers the sifting Committee from the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. Will he please consider whether some innovative thinking can be applied to ensure that the authority of this House is brought to bear on these measures in advance, so that the public can have confidence that their representatives are authorising the use of law to constrain their freedom?