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 Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South 4:30, 10 February 2010

I feel as though I should appeal for some protection on this side of the Committee, Mr. Betts, as I am rather outnumbered. I will make no comments on the monstrous regiment of women—that would be totally unfair.

I completely support the Bill and am delighted that it has been introduced. It is about time. It has arrived at the fag end—to use an unwise term—of this Parliament, and I hope that it will be enacted. A few hon. Members stand outside what is a substantial consensus, but this is clearly not a partisan political issue. I therefore hope that, in the spirit of non-partisanship and the desire to compromise, and because the legislation is obviously much needed, there will be no difficulties. I also hope that those who are not part of the consensus will not try to prevent this vital piece of legislation from reaching the statute book. It may not appear to be one of the major legislative items of the past few years, but the chances of survival for perhaps 100 people will greatly increase as a result of the Bill. Even much of the industry is in favour of it, as are all parties and the Government, and the Opposition spokesman gave a clear indication of substantial support in a speech two weeks ago. There is also overwhelming public support, so if this important Bill is not on the statute book by the end of this Parliament, something is seriously wrong with the legislative process and there will and should be genuine concerns.