Clause 3

Part of Sustainable Communities Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 23 May 2007.

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Photo of Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Shadow Minister without Portfolio 10:00, 23 May 2007

I am grateful to the Minister for his approach. We anticipate and envisage that between today and the date of Report he will have the opportunity to look at how one might handle the imperfections, as he calls them, so that they can be discussed on Report. That is assuming that we manage, under your chairmanship, Mr. Cummings, to reach an end of the Committee proceedings today.

It is certainly the intention of the Conservatives, and also, I am sure, of our Liberal Democrat colleagues, to accept those remedies on Report, if the imperfections can be ironed out in a way that is consistent with the intentions well understood by the Committee and, as the Minister has indicated, by him. We intend not to set up a confrontation, but rather to put an end to what otherwise could be interminable discussions, in order that we can have a proper workmanlike resolution. I hope that he will be willing to ensure that some of his colleagues do not labour unduly in proposing or discussing the amendments on Report.