Clause 238 - repeals

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 7 May 2002.

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Amendment made: No. 385, in page 165, line 11, leave out 'section 55' and insert 'sections 55 and 56'.—[Miss Melanie Johnson.]

Clause 238, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Conservative, Eastbourne

On a point of order, Mr. Beard. It will not have escaped your attention that due the guillotine, to which we are all subject, a tranche of clauses and schedules has been denied any debate. The Committee did not discuss part 9 at all. Some time could have been saved and used on those provisions if the Government had given us some inkling earlier in the debate of their proposed changes to the Competition Service.

Photo of Mr Nigel Beard Mr Nigel Beard Labour, Bexleyheath and Crayford

That is not a point of order, but I am sure that the Under-Secretary has heard those points.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Assistant Whip

On a point of order, Mr. Beard. We have considered the Bill at great length. If the Opposition had not spent nearly five hours discussing clause 20, we could have reached the information provisions in enough time to scrutinise them in detail.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Pearson.]

Adjourned accordingly at five minutes past Seven o'clock till Thursday 9 May at half-past Nine o'clock.