Clause 33 - Short title

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 9 March 2006.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

We have reached the end of the Bill and the clause that describes its short title. Is the Minister still satisfied with the short title that is being offered in clause 33? Throughout the debate he has referred so many times to the Hampton review that he might perhaps be prepared to offer the Hampton review Bill in place of the present name. He has also referred so many times to firefighters’ pensions that perhaps that ought to form the title.

The Bill has a popular alternative short title, which I think should be attributed to Professor John Spencer; the abolition of Parliament Bill.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

I am tempted to allow the hon. Gentleman to continue, but what he has said so far does not encourage me to do so. If anything had happened in Committee to lead us to believe that the short title needed to be changed, there would have had to be a substantial change to the Bill. I therefore do not believe that there are any grounds for suggesting that   the short title be amended. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to continue—but very briefly—then I shall show flexibility.

Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

My point was almost the opposite of yours, Sir Nicholas. Since there had been no change to the Bill, I wondered whether the Minister would consider changing the title to the abolition of Parliament Bill, since that is still possible under the Bill.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

The Minister has no comment to make. I therefore put the question.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 33 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule agreed to.