New Clause 19

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions 1:15 pm, 21st February 2008

I am delighted that the Minister thinks that he has the powers to do this, and at some point might even use them. I appreciate the point about limited availability of parliamentary draftsmen, which is why we have tried to help him out by drafting the relevant provision. I do not think that he has raised any technical issues on that particularly. He has confirmed my worst fears that this is indeed part of what is called a rolling deregulatory programme. We would like to see it roll a bit faster, that is all that I am really saying. Now it is all going to be swept up in the review. Another review was announced in the Chamber today, I gather, so I think that we are up to 57 reviews since the current Prime Minister took over.