Clause 18

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 23rd January 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) 5:15 pm, 23rd January 2007

If the hon. Gentleman reads the whole clause again, he may find the Financial Secretary a little more forthcoming. The clause says:

“The Board may itself produce and publish statistics relating to any matter”,

and so on. It then says that the board cannot do that for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland without consent, but no consent is required by the Treasury for the board to produce statistics on any other matter, including economic matters. With that pointed out, the Financial Secretary might look a little more kindly on redrafting the clause.