I beg to move amendment No. 370, in page 246, line 39, leave out '1st August 2004' and insert '1st October 2004'.
As I understand it, the Government have already accepted the point raised by the amendment. I have not taken in precisely how they will carry it out—whether they will amend clause 302 themselves or whether they will do it in the regulations. I think that the Government have accepted that the timetable was effectively too tight to be realistic, and I look forward to the Minister's confirmation of how the new timetable will be put into effect.
I do not want to try your patience, Mr. McWilliam. I would be repeating exactly what I said in the debate on clause 290, which will also now have to be announced publicly beyond the Committee so that those who are considering our procedure are suitably notified. We have dealt with the matter and the best thing to do is to ensure that that information is circulated to every member of the Committee. I will not repeat all the dates, which effectively clarify the requirements and dates for disclosure without disengaging on the employment sections—the anti-forestalling arrangements, which are still needed.
I am confident that we have dealt with the point that the hon. Gentleman raises in amendment No. 370. At this late hour, I do not intend to try the Committee's patience by repeating myself.
Forgive me, Mr. McWilliam—I thought that I had dealt with that point. It will be done through regulations, so when the revised draft regulations are published, the information will be changed in the way in which I have already indicated to the Committee. I think that I have now successfully dealt with the points raised by the hon. Gentleman.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Clause 302 ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Further consideration adjourned.—[Jim Fitzpatrick.]
Adjourned accordingly at twenty-six minutes past Six o'clock till Thursday 24 June at half-past Nine o'clock.