Clause 6

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Opposition Whip (Commons) 3:45 pm, 8th March 2007

It is possible that I have misunderstood, but I understand that the amendments would make amendable the regulations that the Minister would bring before both Houses. The weight of his argument seems to be that the difficulty to be faced would be having to bring regulations before the House again and again, but he will have to do that anyway. The issue is whether both Houses should have the opportunity to amend them rather than take them as they are presented to us by the Government. His argument does not stack up: he will have to present the regulations, but he is seeking to avoid giving Committees of both Houses the opportunity to amend them, presumably because he will be incapable of explaining them.