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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Opposition Whip (Lords) 9:30 pm, 4th February 2019

I am very grateful to the Minister for that very full response. I think she covered most of the points that I raised. I am very happy to read Hansard but I am sure I will be satisfied when it comes to it.

The only issue that I would like to leave with her and her team is that she said, with particular reference to the operation of the public interest test and the economic interest test, that if they were not working they would be changed. Obviously learning from experience must be right, but my question is: are there powers in the existing draft legislation to allow that? If not, would it not be sensible to take them at this stage? We would be happy to co-operate on that in those circumstances. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 85 withdrawn.

Amendments 86 to 89 not moved.

Amendment 90 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Amendments 90A and 90B not moved.

Amendments 91 to 96 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Clauses 11 to 14 agreed.

Clause 15: Commencement

Amendment 97 not moved.

Clause 15 agreed.