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 Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party 10:45 am, 13th February 2002

I recognise the worries that have been expressed by the hon. Members for Christchurch and for Epsom and Ewell and the Minister about the clause, and the potential attraction that the amendment of the hon. Member for Christchurch offers. I recognise that there are other concerns about the breadth of clause 2, and I undertake carefully to examine the point that is addressed by the hon. Gentleman's amendment. I will propose amendments to clause 2. If they fail to satisfy the Government and Opposition Front Benches, it might be appropriate for discussion of the clause to be delayed.