Clause 12

Part of – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 24th April 2008.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Manchester, Blackley 10:15 am, 24th April 2008

The simple answer is that I am withdrawing the amendments because I think that we would win, given how this place works. I would not be in this Committee if we were going to defeat the Government on every amendment. This is the basis of a discussion that we may return to on Report.

It is interesting that hon. Members have listened carefully to the debate. I hope that the Government have listened as well. It would not be sensible for a Labour Member of Parliament to defeat the Government here and now. I am putting the case, and I hope that my right hon. Friend the Minister will listen to the discussion on this amendment and others. I do not want to embarrass anyone.