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Clause 7

Part of Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs 1:00 pm, 15th March 2007

I, too, am delighted to see you in the Chair, Mr. Bercow; it is wonderful to serve under your chairmanship again. I mentioned the previous Bill this morning, but we shall not compete with 925 clauses.

The hon. Member for Braintree asks a germane question. However, there has been a sizeable amount of consultation and it is still ongoing. It has given us the confidence to introduce the Bill into the Lords, which, again, has done a good job of refinement and already ensured that interest groups fed into the process. We believe that we are fully informed and that we can put forward a sufficient framework to get the new structure on the move. Thereafter, there will be a huge amount of detail that will require yet further consultation. That is the process that we have adopted; I hope that that reassures the hon. Gentleman.