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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Lord Stevenson of Balmacara Opposition Whip (Lords) 9:45 pm, 4th February 2019

I am grateful to the Minister for her kind words and the way in which she turned down our hope of a late but well-deserved goal. I always say to my colleagues that they must stop using sporting metaphors because they do not work for half the population of the House but here I am, about to refer to the second half. I am sorry about that.

In her thanks, the Minister should have also recognised herself; I will do it for her because I am sure she is too embarrassed to do it. It is almost impossible to believe that this is the Minister’s first Bill. She has handled us with considerable assurance and a wonderful sense of calm. Every time she rises it is a great balm to those who might otherwise want to cause trouble and do terrible things in a House which is noted for its civility and gentility. I do not know what the word is for sororal approaches—I will probably get in trouble for that as well. It has been a very good experience so far; we look forward to the second half—sorry about that. We think we can work together and there are things here we can work together on, and we should try to hammer out such agreements that we have. There may be differences—quite principled ones which we need to address—but I do not think we should worry about that; the House should be asked for its views on a number of points that we have covered in Committee. It has been a good experience and I am happy to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 98 withdrawn.

Clause 16 agreed.

Amendment 99 not moved.

Schedule 1 agreed.

Schedule 2: Regulations under Part 1

Amendments 100 and 101 not moved.

Schedule 2 agreed.

Schedule 3 agreed.

Schedule 4: The Trade Remedies Authority

Amendments 101A to 110 not moved.

Schedule 4 agreed.

House resumed.

Bill reported without amendment.

House adjourned at 10.01 pm.