Clause 28

Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 23rd January 2007.

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National Statistician: advisory functions

Question proposed, That the clause stand part ofthe Bill.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

I had hoped to press for a vote on amendments Nos. 97 and 98, but because of time constraints, I will not. However, we will seek to return to the role and functions of the National Statistician on Report. For the reasons that we gave earlier, we feel that it is a flaw in the Bill that the National Statistician’s functions are insufficiently outlined. It is crucial to ensure that that role is heavyweight and has credibility and authority, which is why we will return to it.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

I am puzzled by the hon. Lady’s reference to time constraints. The Committee accepted the programme motion proposed for its sittings, and my hon. Friends and I are ready to sit for as long as it takes if she wants to keep us here. I note that she reserves her position, and I look forward to the debate if she decides to return to the matter on Report.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 28 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 29 to 31 ordered to stand part of the Bill.