Local Government Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 10th July 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Hamwee Baroness Hamwee Liberal Democrat 4:00 pm, 10th July 2003

My Lords, we welcome the amendment. I particularly welcome not having had to have any hand in its drafting or indeed the drafting of the new clause that CIPFA asked me to table in Committee. I am pleased that the matter is moving to a resolution.

The Minister answered all my questions bar one. In Clause 21(4), "enactment" is defined to include

"any enactment contained in . . . this Act . . . [or] any Act passed after . . . this Act".

Will the Minister confirm that the term also extends to any enactment passed before the Bill is enacted? After all, that seems to be where the problem is. I am almost wholly certain that that must be the case, as the clause says not "any enactment means", but "any enactment contained in". However, I would welcome confirmation of that.