Children Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 14 October 2004.

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[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair]

Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle 8:55, 14 October 2004

Before we commence, I have briefly to announce that, in accordance with requests, copies of the United Nations convention on the rights of the child are available on the Table.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

On a point of order, Mr. Benton. May I ask whether you anticipate allowing a short stand part debate on clause 2? Many Opposition Members would be prepared to speed up our debates on some of the amendments if we had the opportunity to say why we shall then vote against the clause.

Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle

The convention is that it depends on the course of discussions on amendments to the clause. When it comes to putting the question on clause stand part, much will depend on what has transpired beforehand. I see no problem if people keep to the amendments and do not debate the broad substance of the clause.

The other point I want to make is that the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Hywel Williams) has informed me that he is sick. His is the lead name on a number of amendments to clause 4, so I thought it right to explain his absence.