Clause 2 - Meaning of ``burden'' and related expressions

Regulatory Reform Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 27th March 2001.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Policy Renewal

There are not too many points to make on clause 2, but I want to consider one issue, which was discussed in another place. I do not expect to divide the Committee, but it is important to raise the matter. The definition of ``burden'' in clause 2 includes

``a restriction, requirement or condition (including one requiring the payment of fees or preventing the incurring of expenditure)''.

Members of the Committee may recall that the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 used similar words. In that case, ``burden'' includes

``a restriction, requirement or condition (including one requiring the payment of fees).

It does not—

It being One o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned till this day at half-past Four o'clock.