Clause 47

Part of Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 24 April 2007.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) 11:00, 24 April 2007

I am grateful to the Minister for his remarks. I would not imagine for a moment that the current Secretary of State would organise a Mickey Mouse redress scheme, and I am delighted that the Minister has confirmed that.

The main point is the use of the word “administered”. If the word “established” had been used, there would have been no concern in my mind. I agree with the Minister that, quite understandably, if we wish to have redress schemes, we must ensure that the Government can put them into practice if they exist. Therefore, I understand the use of the word “administered”, but I am not entirely sure whether the Department would wish to run such a scheme directly, although the Secretary of State reserves the power to appoint someone else to run it for him That was the essence of my inquiry.

However, I was assured by the fact that the Minister made it absolutely clear that the provision would be used only in the most extreme circumstances where,for whatever unforeseen reason, such a scheme wasnot available. Having wished it to occur, it would be peculiar if the Government were unable to put that wish into practice, having legislated for it. Therefore, on that basis and having had that clarity put on record, I am more than happy to beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.