Clause 18 - Protection from derogation

Part of Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 18 September 2003.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 11:00, 18 September 2003

I am slightly surprised that the clause limits the protection from derogation in relation to temporary or transfer licences. I am not quite sure that I understand. Obviously, if those licences are temporary, the requirement for protection will fall away relatively speedily in any case. If a licence has been sought and received from the agency, even if it is temporary and for transfer purposes, why should there not be a protection from derogation in the same way that applied in the past?