Clause 34

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 18 June 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 4:15, 18 June 2009

I assure the hon. Lady that we have no sinister reason to exclude any particular premises. Property and housing legislation is complex and the provisions in the clause are novel. They will take a bit of time to bed in and we will monitor how they work in practice. In time, there may be aspects of common parts, for instance, that mean that we have to exclude certain things from the provisions, so we have given ourselves the power to do so. There is nothing sinister at all in this. Of course, I cannot predict whether future Governments will have sinister motives, but it seems to us an important power to have in reserve.