Committee (1st Day)

Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Viscount Eccles Viscount Eccles Conservative 4:45 pm, 9th February 2016

My Lords, I was a colleague of my noble friend Lady Gardner of Parkes on the Delegated Powers Committee for a while. My experience on that committee was that it thought very carefully before making a recommendation. In general, it has been the House’s experience that the committee’s recommendations, particularly the more severe ones, are to a large extent accepted. I hope that my noble friend on the Front Bench will be able to persuade her colleagues that the recommendations we have been discussing—Clauses 13 and 22 come to mind—need to be taken very seriously and responded to in a positive manner, not pushed off into any form of long grass.