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Clause 3

Law Commission Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 8th July 2009.

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Commencement and short title

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

I beg to move amendment 1, in clause 3, page 2, line 34, leave out subsection (3).

The amendment essentially gets rid of a highly technical amendment made in the House of Lords, which is now not necessary. It may have been passed in the Lords only as the result of an excess of caution.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire

I have a question about the commencement. Will the protocol be laid before Parliament before the Act is commenced?

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

I think that it falls mainly to me to respond to that. We are working on that, so we cannot give the hon. Gentleman an answer at the moment. I am happy to write to him and all members of the Committee as soon as we have one.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Question proposed, That the Chairman do report the Bill, as amended, to the House.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

I thank all hon. Members for coming today and supporting the Bill. I would particularly like to thank the chief executive of the Law Commission, Mark Ormerod, who has held my hand over the past few days and kept me calm and breathing. I would also like to thank Sir Terence Etherton, the chair of the Law Commission, who is as ever lively, interested and like a dog with a bone on this issue. I thank everyone for giving up their time this morning to support this small but perfectly formed Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, accordingly to be reported.

Committee rose.