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Banking Bill — Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:15 pm on 20th January 2009.

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Photo of Lord Higgins Lord Higgins Conservative 6:15 pm, 20th January 2009

I asked a simple question about whether there is any precedent whatever for the form of words that we see here relaxing the normal arrangements made. Given the form of words, an order can be made—one understands that it may be urgent—and then lapse. However, the clause says that, meanwhile, the situation that was created remains the same. It is left, so to speak, hanging in time without anything attached to it. That will not help the noble Lord. He will have got the urgency, but then the order will have lapsed, and what he wanted to achieve will not have happened except in that particular period of time. He will have achieved nothing in the long term.