Clause 18

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 17 June 2008.

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Power to dissolve LBRO

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

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

I do not want to detain the Committee, but I do not think that the review makes clause 17 a sunset clause, as the hon. Member for Solihull said. Perhaps clause 18 comes closer to being a sunset clause, although it is not one in the normal understanding of the term.

The clause provides the power to dissolve LBRO. It will be an organisation with ambitious objectives, but it is possible that a day will come when its work has been achieved. As another matter of prudence in such legislation, the clause makes provision for the dissolution of LBRO by way of an order subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. That order could also make provision for the transfer of property rights, liabilities and so on to another person.

I do not want to draw attention to the end of LBRO while we are debating its establishment, but in legislation of this kind it seems prudent to include a provision that allows for the power to wind it up at some point in the future should the Government judge it necessary.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

I do welcome the provision being put in the Bill, not because there is necessarily an ulterior motive but because it is important that all eventualities are incorporated. Whether this is a sunset clause, a late afternoon clause or a dusky clause, whatever description one might want to give it, it provides an important power and I welcome it.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 18 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 19 to 21 ordered to stand part of the Bill.