I understand the purpose of the new clause, but my concern is that it is too wide-ranging, even in its restricted form. We should not introduce new criminal offences in secondary legislation, which
we cannot amend. As many officers are almost volunteers, industrial and provident societies might face new burdens of regulation.
I look forward to hearing the Minister's comments. She, too, expressed concerns on Second Reading about the scope of clause 3, which has effectively been withdrawn by the hon. Member for Harrow, West. I am still concerned that whatever changes may be desirable, which could be introduced in this or subsequent legislation, should be discussed fully rather than introduced on the quiet.