Clause 3 - Power to modify, etc. to assimilate to company law

Part of Industrial and Provident Societies Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 13th February 2002.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Transport) 11:45 am, 13th February 2002

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 She, too, expressed concerns on Second Reading about the scope of clause 3, which has effectively been withdrawn by the hon.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.