Clause 3 - Management of OFCOM

Part of Office of Communications Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 31st January 2002.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 5:15 pm, 31st January 2002

Order. None of these are matters for the Chairman. As far as the Chairman is concerned, negotiations between the usual channels do not exist. What exists is what is on the Order Paper, and what is available for debate is therefore on the Order Paper. There has clearly been some misunderstanding—on whose part I do not seek to judge. The only additional advice that I can give to the Committee is that it is open to any member of the Committee to move that further consideration of the Bill be adjourned. If that motion is put, I will, as the Chairman, put it to the Committee. I cannot predict the outcome.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Pearson.]

Adjourned accordingly at eighteen minutes past Five o'clock till Tuesday 5 February at half-past Ten o'clock.