The clause applies to all the secondary legislation-making powers in the Bill. We have spelt this out because, as it is a revenue-raising Bill, it is important that there are no gaps in the BRS system. The power in the clause is important to our ability to achieve that.
The powers are all exercisable by making regulations, apart from the power to make a commencement order under clause 32. In particular, clause 29(3) provides standard scope and flexibility for that provision to be made
generally or only for specific cases, and for
different provision for different cases or areas to be made. In addition, the subsection provides for secondary legislation to
make incidental, supplementary, consequential, transitional, transitory or savings provision.
I said earlier that these are standard provisions. I questioned officials on whether transitory was a standard component of such clauses and was told, It comes and goes. That reflects the fact that we may make regulations under the special introductory provision that we have just discussed, which is available for a limited period.
Can the Minister can help me? Do those who advise him think that it is transitory, or do they consider that it is transitory?
They are confident. They are confident that that element that comes and goes in other legislation is required here simply because we need to give effect to what will be transitory provisions if regulations are required under clause 27.
I remind the Committee that I have published a statement of intent that indicates how we intend to approach the main regulation-making powers under the Bill. I can confirmthis will be of particular interest in another placethat I do not consider that any exercise of Commons privilege over the regulation-making powers is required or appropriate. Essentially, local government revenue raising could be subject to Commons privilege, but generally that privilege is not asserted. In the case of the BRS, that would not be appropriate because such revenue will not come to the central Exchequer, but will be collected and held at local authority level, so it would not be appropriate to consider subjecting it to any form of Commons privilege. I am sure that Members of the other place will appreciate that confirmation and will look forward to the scrutiny role that they will play on all the regulations, as well as the Bill.
I shall not detain the Committee long. I merely want to draw attention to subsection (3). The Government have vigorously made the point about the need for consistency and about how the Bill must apply in all casesfor example, with regard to a ballot across all parts of the country, although I am not threatening to revisit that argument. Subsection (3) clearly talks about a provision that applies
generally or only for specified cases or which applies subject to specified exceptions;
(b) may make different provision for different cases or different areas.
That tends to support the argument that there may be specific examples where different provisions may apply. I merely make that point in passing.