Clause 6

Part of Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 3rd March 2010.

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Photo of Jacqui Lait Jacqui Lait Conservative, Beckenham 10:30 am, 3rd March 2010

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that explanation, and I hope that the Minister can be equally positive. However, it still prompts the question of when the regulations, which are meant to be being prepared, are likely to emerge. Without them, district councils will be excluded. We are considering this legislation against the background of an imminent general election, so if the Bill progresses but the regulations do not, the district councils will be left out.