Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Commons Amendments

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 24th April 2013.

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Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 7:00 pm, 24th April 2013

I believe that I have spelt out the comprehensive and extensive advice that will be on offer to employees. The noble Lord, Lord Christopher, has brought up the issue of what can be defined as "reasonable costs". We recognise that the cost of legal advice will depend on individual circumstances. I remind the House that employee shareholder status and its ramifications will entirely depend on the type of company, type of employee and the wishes of the employee shareholder. Those discussions will go on outside any control from government. The costs involved will vary depending on the type of contract or job offered and the level of knowledge of the individual seeking that advice. What is reasonable in one particular instance may not be reasonable in another. Very deliberately, we are not stipulating a minimum or maximum price which would come under the definition of "reasonable costs". It relates to other areas and sectors in entirely different circumstances. The concept of "reasonable costs", as I am sure the noble Lord will be aware, is not an unusual matter.