Clause 3 - Management of OFCOM

Part of Office of Communications Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 31st January 2002.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 5:00 pm, 31st January 2002

My hon. Friend will know that I have concerns about clause 3 and that I believe that

amendments could be tabled. I understood that the clause was not to be discussed until next week, so I have not yet tabled any amendments and therefore they cannot be debated. Is my hon. Friend aware that the Chairman—I think that it was Mr. Gale; it may have been Miss Widdecombe—stated that he or she would not accept any manuscript amendments? That is right and proper, but because no amendments are listed, clause 3 will not be fully debated if we continue this debate now, especially if we have to finish debating clause 3 and move on to clause 4.

Miss McIntosh rose—