Clause 2 - Transitory, transitional

Part of Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 26th March 2003.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland 10:00 am, 26th March 2003

I wonder whether I could reassure my hon. Friend so that he does not have to seek legal opinion on its compatibility with the European convention on human rights. Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 is not applicable, as this is not a Government Bill. The hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland was correct; there is a slightly different procedure. We are considering a private Member's Bill and although we all feel that it is compatible with the 1998 Act, the hon. Member for Greenock and Inverclyde does not need to make a specific statement to that effect.