Committee (and remaining stages)

Part of Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Lords at 12:30 am on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 12:30 am, 7th April 2010

I argue that Clauses 20, 21, 22 and 23 should not stand part of the Bill. We think that for appropriate reasons this part of the Bill should not be pursued this evening.

Clauses 20 disagreed.

Clauses 21 to 23 disagreed.

Schedule 3 disagreed.

Clause 24 : Treaties to be laid before Parliament before ratification

Amendment 7 not moved.

Clause 24 agreed.

Clause 25 : Extension of 21 sitting day period

Amendment 8

Moved by Lord Norton of Louth

8: Clause 25, page 14, line 24, at end insert-

"( ) The Minister shall normally exercise the power under subsection (1) except in the case of treaties that he deems to be minor, technical or incremental adjustments to existing treaties to which the United Kingdom is a signatory."