Clause 191

Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 2nd July 2009.

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Amendment proposed: 31, in clause 191, page 136, line 4, leave out ‘thinks’ and insert ‘can demonstrate’.—(Mr. Harper.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided: Ayes 8, Noes 10.

Question accordingly negatived.

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

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

Briefly, I hope—[Interruption.]

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

Thank you, Mr. Benton. I hope that all members of the Committee can remember what the amendment is about—it seems so long since we debated it. I listened carefully to the Minister’s response when we were debating the matter—she characterised it as thinking in a public law kind of way, I think. I still thought that it was worth pressing the matter to a vote, but given that we now have the clause as it is, I shall cogitate on some further amendments to table on Report to put some controls on how the Minister uses the power. On that basis, I am comfortable to leave the clause as it is.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 191 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 24 agreed to.