Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 17 June 2008.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 10:30, 17 June 2008

I beg to move,

That—

(1) the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 17th June) meet—

(a) at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 17th June;

(b) at 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 19th June;

(c) at 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 24th June;

(d) at 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. on Thursday 26th June;

(e) at 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 1st July;

(2) the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clause 1; Schedule 1; Clause 2; Schedule 2; Clauses 3 and 4; Schedule 3; Clauses 5 to 28; Schedule 4; Clauses 29 to 37; Schedules 5 and 6; Clauses 38 to 62; Schedule 7; Clauses 63 to 77; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

(3) the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 1st July.

I welcome you to the Chair, Mr. Chope. I am sure that I say on behalf of the whole Committee how very much we are looking forward to your guidance in our deliberations. When I first glanced at the membership of the Committee and saw your name beside a little passport-sized photograph, I thought we would be in for a long, hot summer—we might still be. I then realised that you were in the Chair, which I thought was a bit like Barcelona having Ronaldinho as the referee rather than leading the attack.

I thank all those who have been involved in the Bill’s deliberations so far. We have had extensive consultation with businesses, regulators and those in many local authorities—all of whom have contributed extensively, for which we are grateful. The Bill was also subject to extensive and constructive debate in the other place and it comes to us improved by the work of colleagues there. It will change how we enforce regulations throughout the country, and it will create an expert body for the improvement of regulations at local level. It will create a framework for a more targeted and proportionate sanctioning of non-compliance with regulation, and it will assist in the reduction of the imposition of unnecessary burdens by our regulator. I am sure that we shall debate all such matters in significant detail over the coming weeks, and I look forward to those deliberations.