Energy Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 29th March 2004.

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Photo of Lord Carter Lord Carter Chair, Draft Disability Discrimination Bill (Joint Committee) 7:00 pm, 29th March 2004

My Lords, before the Minister sits down, perhaps I may ask some brief questions to seek clarification, even though we are on Report. If, by Third Reading, we were to persuade the Government that we could overcome the practical objections, and were able to produce an amendment that was permissive in the way that I have suggested—which would leave timing, percentages and so on in the Government's hands—would it include the principle of an obligation? I asked the Minister whether he could make any encouraging noises that would enable the Government to agree to the amendment or perhaps the approach suggested when the Bill reaches the Commons.