Clause 1

Part of Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 10 February 2010.

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Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds Shadow Minister (Health) 4:30, 10 February 2010

I look forward to working under your guidance this afternoon, Mr. Betts. I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff, North on bringing her excellent private Member’s Bill to this stage.

I want to raise a procedural issue. As you rightly said, Mr. Betts, no amendments have been tabled to the Bill, and although the Opposition support it and want it to have an expeditious passage through the parliamentary process, I do not believe that there was adequate time to table amendments. I was informed on Friday morning that the Committee would sit at this time, and that amendments, probing or otherwise, had to be tabled by the close of business at 2 or 2.30 on Friday, which allowed wholly insufficient time. I wanted to table a series of probing amendments to elicit further information from the hon. Lady and the Minister. That will not be possible, and it is not acceptable parliamentary procedure. I shall have to find other mechanisms for raising issues, but I wonder whether you would comment, Mr. Betts, on the lack of time for tabling amendments, probing though they may have been.