Clause 45

Welfare Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 3rd March 2009.

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Consequential amendments of subordinate legislation

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

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

I want to make just one brief comment on clause 45—[Interruption.] I hope that the Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform will stop groaning.

The first part of the clause concerns consequential amendments to subordinate legislation. Subsection (1) says:

“The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument make such provision amending or revoking any instrument made under any other Act before the passing of this Act as appears to the Secretary of State to be appropriate in consequence of any provision of this Act, other than a provision contained in Part 2.”

I want to probe why it is felt appropriate to have powers to make consequential amendments to subordinate legislation for parts 1, 3 and 4 of the Bill, but not part 2. We had a good debate on the right to control in part 2, and I can see no good reason why it was excluded. Perhaps the Minister can explain that to the Committee.

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

That is a good explanation—and a quick one. On that basis, I am content.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 45 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 46 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 7 agreed to.

Clauses 47 to 50 ordered to stand part of the Bill.