Clause 2 - Community benefit societies

Part of Industrial and Provident Societies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Transport) 10:45 am, 13th February 2002

This has been a useful debate.

I am a member of a Royal British Legion club. My hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell said that it is inevitable that Royal British Legion clubs will go out of business. I do not share his pessimism. There continue to be service men who are eligible to join Royal British Legion clubs, and most of the clubs—such as the one in Christchurch—offer associate membership, so that people who have not served in the armed forces can enjoy their hospitality, and cheap and good beer.

The Minister does not think that my amendments go far enough, because they do not cover the situation that she described of a new society whose assets are subsequently locked in, against the wishes of its original members. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Harrow, West for saying that, in the light of our debate, he will consider what to do. Therefore, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.