Clause 27 - Power to make ambulatory references to Community instruments

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 9 March 2006.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office) 2:00, 9 March 2006

I beg to move amendment No. 56, in clause 27, page 15, line 24, after ‘instrument’ insert:

‘or any provision of a Community instrument’.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 57 to 60.

I give notice that I shall seek the Committee’s permission to put amendments Nos. 57 to 60 together, and I hope that the Committee will give me that permission if it will speed up proceedings.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Forgive me for not following the detail of your strictures, Sir Nicholas; do you wish me to move all the amendments simultaneously?

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

The Minister can move Government amendment No. 56 and speak to the other amendments as well.

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

It seems to me that the amendments are just drafting improvements. Does the Minister agree?

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

I am sure that the Minister is just about to say that.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The first sentence of my notes says:

“Sir Nicholas, these are drafting amendments.”

In making that helpful point, the hon. Gentleman has unexpectedly delayed the Committee for 15 seconds or so. However, we have time; we have another two hours.

These are technical drafting amendments that are aimed at improving a technical clause to make it more precise. I could, if hon. Members wish—[Hon. Members: “No.”] I could, if hon. Members wish, sit down and make no further comment; or I could of course go through every amendment in great detail. I sense that the Committee, which has been in a good mood all day, is in the mood for me not to speak to the amendments in great detail. I do so formally, therefore, on the basis that they are drafting amendments to make the provisions in the clause more precise.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

I have to carry out my duties strictly in accordance with the appropriate procedure. I therefore put the question.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 57, in clause 27, page 15, line 26, leave out

‘(whether or not for that purpose)’.

No. 58, in clause 27, page 15, line 27, leave out ‘the Community instrument’ and insert

‘that instrument or that provision’.

No. 59, in clause 27, page 15, line 33, after ‘made’ insert

‘after the coming into force of this paragraph’.

No. 60, in clause 27, page 15, line 34, at end insert

‘passed or made before or after the coming into force of this paragraph’.—[Mr. Murphy.]

Clause 27, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 28 to 30 ordered to stand part of the Bill.