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Clause 234

Banking Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 18th November 2008.

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Statutory instruments

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Shadow Minister (Treasury)

I do not stand up merely to give you a rest, Mr. Gale. I wish to ask the Minister a brief question. I noticed the wording of subsection (2) only just before coming into the Committee. This question may be more for you, Mr. Gale. Is it possible for an Act to specify that a statutory instrument is not a hybrid matter? I understand that it is for the authorities of the House, with regard to a Bill, to determine whether it is hybrid. Is it possible for a Bill of this sort to determine that an order made under it is not hybrid and therefore does not involve the more complicated and perhaps cumbersome proceedings that apply in the case of hybrid instruments?

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

That is probably a point of order. I am advised that that procedure is common in the House of Commons. In the House of Lords there is a separate procedure. I do not know if that helps the Minister, and he may comment if he so wishes.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Economic and Business), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Economic Secretary (Economic and Business), HM Treasury

Mr. Gale, my briefing states:

“(at present only the House of Lords has such a procedure)”.

I am happy to stand by your ruling on that point of order.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 234 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 235 to 238 ordered to stand part of the Bill.