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Clause 132

Part of Banking Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 18th November 2008.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Shadow Minister (Treasury) 11:00 am, 18th November 2008

May I ask a question about amendment No. 166? I acknowledge the point made by the Minister, that the purpose of this provision is for someone to be in place to “keep things ticking over for a few hours”, as he described it, but what is the likely time scale? He referred to a few hours, but is there a maximum period for a provisional appointment? Can the Minister provide a firm reassurance beyond “a few hours”? I acknowledge the intention behind the amendment and it appears to be a useful addition, but it will be helpful if the Minister elaborates.