Clause 6 - Document to be laid before parliament

Part of Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 29th March 2001.

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Photo of Mr Brian Cotter Mr Brian Cotter Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson 10:00 am, 29th March 2001

It is important to raise the issue and to ensure that consultation really is consultation—that approach should apply throughout government, at all levels. Consultations are frequently embarked upon. Through discussion of the Bill, we have highlighted that we are concerned that consultation should be of a proper length, correctly done and that those who are concerned with the matter should be contacted. The Minister said that we had received reassurances from the other House and I appreciate that I have taken on an elephantine task in trying to identify rogue elements in the Bill. In view of the latest Conservative-Labour pact, I happily withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.