Clause 6 - Document to be laid before parliament

Part of Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:55 am on 29th March 2001.

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Photo of Mr Richard Page Mr Richard Page Conservative, South West Hertfordshire 9:55 am, 29th March 2001

I thank the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare (Mr. Cotter) for moving the amendment. I had hoped that the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) might have made a guest appearance to reinforce the arguments that he has advanced, but I shall make a few comments.

As I understand it, a proposed regulatory reform order will be accompanied by a statement of the relevant Minister's views on its compatibility with the European convention on human rights. Lord Williams of Mostyn gave an undertaking in the House of Lords on 2 November 2000 that Ministers would always inform the House whether they were satisfied that secondary legislation subject to the affirmative procedure was compatible with the convention. The hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare has outlined that.

I do not always support the Government, but, with an election coming, I am practising with my new Red Box to get into the swing of supporting the system. I shall move on.

The Government have not suggested in the explanatory notes that any prospective orders will have constitutional implications, such as the hon. Gentleman indicated. It would, therefore, be difficult to implement the amendments, and I do not see any reason to support them.