Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee at on 2 March 2006.

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[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair]

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 9:00, 2 March 2006

It is a lovely day, and I hope that this morning’s consideration of this important Bill will be very satisfactory.

I had hoped to be in the Chair this afternoon, but I have received a surprise invitation to appear on “Question Time”. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.] I think that one of my colleagues is ill. Notwithstanding that, it is an opportunity not to be missed. I was first likely to be invited in 1979, when the Conservatives were in opposition, but we won the subsequent general election, and I was not invited because I was not and never have been a Front Bench spokesman or Minister. Having said that, I hope that my co-Chairman will be able to make it this afternoon.