My Lords, as one of those who was involved in the discussions on this matter, I express my appreciation for what has been agreed. As I have said before, I regret that a Bill of this magnitude should be subject to this difficult procedure right at the end of the Session, but that is a discussion for another day and I have nothing more to say on the matter.
Clauses 1 and 2 agreed.
Schedule 1 agreed.
Clause 3 : Management of the civil service
Moved by Lord Norton of Louth
1: Clause 3, page 3, line 26, at end insert-
"( ) In exercising his power to manage the civil service, the Minister for the Civil Service shall have regard to the need to ensure that civil servants who advise Ministers are aware of the constitutional significance of Parliament and of the conventions governing the relationship between Parliament and Her Majesty's Government."