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Banking Bill — Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Shadow Minister, Treasury 3:30 pm, 20th January 2009

The Minister takes me to my second question, before I determine what to do with the amendment. When he spoke earlier, he emphasised that,

"so far as is reasonably practicable", applied only to paragraph (b) of the provisions, whatever they are. He made a distinction between that and paragraph (a), which is about price. The Minister has said that again, which may be fine, but it is not what the Bill actually says. The Bill applies the qualification,

"so far as is reasonably practicable", to paragraphs (a) and (b). Therefore, again, the Minister has given me a slightly confused message and I wonder whether he can explain it.