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Trade Bill - Report (1st Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Judge Lord Judge Judge 5:15 pm, 6th March 2019

My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson. I think that calling for a Division at 5.24 pm when we have so many other things to deal with might not have been very popular, although I suspect we would have won. I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Wilson, for enlightening me as to where Explanatory Notes come from.

I thank everybody who has spoken in this debate. I will leave it at this: the Executive accept that these powers should not be given. There should be no difficulty whatever in putting them into legislation, rather than leaving them in an Explanatory Note. Although the noble Lord, Lord Pannick has sought—and graciously been given—an assurance of the Minister’s position, I do not think that is enough. For the time being, at any rate, I shall not press this amendment.

Amendment 3A withdrawn.

Amendment 4 not moved.

Clause 3: Report on proposed free trade agreement