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|Proceedings||Time for conclusion of proceedings|
|Clauses 1, 3 to 5, 76 to 78, 2||6.55 p.m. on Tuesday 9th September|
|Clauses 6 to 16, 74, 17 to 31, 65, 66, 32 to 46||6.55 p.m. on Tuesday 16th September|
|Clauses 47 to 57, Schedule 1, Clauses 58 to 64, 67 to 73, Schedule 2, Clauses 75, 79 and 80||5.15 p.m. on Thursday 18th September|
|Clause 81, Schedule 3, Clauses 82 to 102, Schedule 4, Clauses 103 to 136, Schedule 5, Clause 137, Schedule 6, Clauses 138 to 140, new Clauses, new Schedules and any remaining proceedings on the Bill||7 p.m. on Tuesday 14th October|
Part of Sexual Offences Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:10 am on 9th September 2003.
I welcome you to the Chair, Mr. Griffiths, and the Minister to the Committee. As the Under-Secretary knows, the Opposition's approach will be one of co-operation. We shall try to ensure that this important legislation goes on to the statute book in good condition. It is clear that many aspects of the Bill are common ground between all political parties, even though there may be some anxiety about its details, which we shall consider during our discussions in Committee.
As the Under-Secretary knows, Opposition parties do not much care for programme motions on the whole. However, I am reassured by his words about the flexibility that will be built into the system. We shall endeavour to ensure that we reach the end of the Bill knowing that every part of it has been scrutinised properly. I am sure that, with the Ministers' co-operation, we will achieve that aim. We are undertaking important work and I look forward to co-operating with all members of the Committee to that end.