Clause 11

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 10 February 2010.

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Regulations: control by Parliament or National Assembly for Wales

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

Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North

All regulations under clause 4 need to be laid in draft and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. They are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure. Regulations under clauses 5 and 6 are subject to affirmative resolution procedures where they create offences. In all other circumstances it is negative resolution.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 11 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 12 to 14 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 1 agreed to.

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

Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North

I thank everyone for today’s productive discussions. We have covered some important points. This legislation is important and, as many have said, long overdue. I hope that we will have the support of all parties to make it law.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds Shadow Minister (Health)

Once again, I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff, North on her excellent piloting of the Bill through Committee and the Minster on the thorough way she has answered the queries and questions raised today. I will make one final point. The Minister is aware, because I have talked to her privately, of my nervousness about the anticipated cost of the Bill for local authorities, which is detailed in the impact assessment with a total of £88,000 for all local authorities in England and Wales. There needs careful monitoring to ensure that that assessed cost is accurate. I hope that the officials in the Department will look closely at that, and if it is much greater that anticipated it needs to be brought back before some part of Parliament to ensure that it can be discussed properly.

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff, North on successfully bringing the Bill through Committee. I also thank the Minister and, through her, her officials. It would be useful if most colleges had the chance to read the impact assessment as though it was an economic study, and they would learn a great deal on the health advantages as well.

Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

It has been a delight to serve on this Committee. It has been swift and consensual. My only request to the Opposition is that they scour the programmes of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and all other inter-parliamentary assemblies to ensure that their Members who may seek to be obstreperous are gainfully employed during the further stages of the Bill. If the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness needs advice on names, I am more than prepared to offer a few to him. Apart from that, this has been a good experience. We have done good work and I congratulate all those who have been involved in this endeavour so far.

Photo of Betty Williams Betty Williams Labour, Conwy

May I too congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North? I have nothing to add. I came here having read the Bill. I know how diligent she has been in preparing the Bill with the assistance of my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East. I congratulate her on getting the Bill so far, and I hope and pray that the whole House will support it without delay.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health

It has been a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr. Betts, and with colleagues on all sides. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North. In preparation for today, I suggested that she regard herself as the Minister for the Bill. I think she has acquitted that role beautifully. [Hon. Members: “Hear! Hear!”] I am full of admiration, particularly for her explanation of parliamentary procedure. I have learned something myself. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East, who has allowed us to get to this point. I thank all Committee members and all other hon. Members who have supported the Bill.

It would be appropriate to write to the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness with regard to the figure and I am happy to do so. I will outline for him some of the assumptions and give some background. I assure him that we will continue to work with LACORS to monitor the cost. We have worked closely with it to date.

I am delighted that we have successfully concluded today’s proceedings and I hope that we will see the Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill become law.

Photo of Julie Morgan Julie Morgan Labour, Cardiff North

Briefly, on the point raised by the hon. Member for Boston and Skegness on costs, we have specific costings from LACORS, which is supporting the Bill and is part of the Local Government Association. Those are based on the number of estimated visits. A lot of that work is taking place. Scotland did not put any additional costs in for the work relating to its legislation and Northern Ireland, which is consulting at the moment, has not put any money in. I think that a lot of this work is embedded.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly to be reported, without amendment.

Committee rose.