Sustainable Communities Bill – in a Public Bill Committee on 28th March 2007.
I beg to move, That the debate be now adjourned.
The Committee will be beginning to think that this is “Groundhog Day”, so it deserves an explanation. After a disappointing start, the Government are seriously engaged in negotiations on the Bill. The Minister ison record as saying yesterday in questions that he and his colleagues are working to make the Bill better and more workable. Negotiations are ongoing and are being conducted constructively.
On Monday night, we had a rally in Central hall, attended by 1,000 people, in support of the Bill, and the Minister spoke constructively about his desire not to block the Bill and to engage constructively with it. Negotiations are ongoing but have not yet reached a stage at which substantive agreement has been reached and which would justify our moving forward in debates today.