Clause 17

Compensation Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 27th June 2006.

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Amendment made: No. 12, in clause 17, page 9, line 27, leave out subsection (2).—[Bridget Prentice.]

Clause 17, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. May I thank you and Mr. Caton on behalf of all hon. Members for the efficient and positive way in which you conducted our affairs? We had good debates on protecting consumers and, in the first part of the Bill, volunteers.

I am grateful to all hon. Members, including the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire, who spoke on behalf of the official Opposition, and the hon. Member for North Southwark and Bermondsey, who spoke on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.

I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friends, who have made excellent contributions throughout. As always, I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr. Foster), who has kept us all in appropriate order in terms of what we have had to say. However, we are particularly grateful to you, Mr. Atkinson, and I hope that you will express our gratitude to Mr. Caton.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Secretary of State (Justice), Shadow Secretary of State

Further to that point of order, Mr. Atkinson. May I join in thanking you and Mr. Caton for acting as our Chairmen? I also thank the Minister for the courteous way in which she has dealt with matters. We never decided whether she had blossomed, but her approach has certainly been constructive.

I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Upminster (Angela Watkinson), who has not only done the shadowy job of acting as the usual channels with her usual aplomb, but spoken from the Front Bench when I was absent for a period, and I congratulate her on that. I also congratulate all the other members of the Committee who have taken an active part in our proceedings.

Finally, I thank the Clerks, who have been extremely helpful, the attendants, the police and, of course, those who make sure that our comments are recorded.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

Further to that point of order, Mr. Atkinson. My hon. Friend the Member for Montgomeryshire and I thank you and your colleague for your chairmanship. My hon. Friend could not be with us this afternoon, but he associates himself with my thanks, and I am grateful to him for covering for me one morning when I could not be here for understandable reasons.

Like other colleagues, I am grateful to the Minister for her courteous response, and I hope that we shall learn the lessons of this Committee and use them to good effect at the next stage, which may not be long delayed.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose at four minutes past Seven o'clock.