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Trade Bill - Report (1st Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:00 pm on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Wilson of Dinton Lord Wilson of Dinton Crossbench 5:00 pm, 6th March 2019

My Lords, I offer a footnote in support of noble and learned Lords and the points just made. It should be remembered that Explanatory Notes were for many years produced by officials to brief Ministers on what the Bill meant. They were usually classified—because we used to classify things. Occasionally, when Ministers were having real difficulty explaining a clause to either House, in a kind of noble gesture they would hand over their Explanatory Notes as a way of trying to get their opponents on side. That is the history of this. The idea that, with the slow creep of the Executive’s power, they are becoming a form of legislation of their own is appalling. I can only support very strongly what has already been said.