This purely technical amendment removes a provision in the Bill that was inserted in the other place to ensure that this House’s privilege over financial matters is respected. I hope that hon. Members will support this technical amendment and uphold 400 years of constitutional precedent.
I was expecting to be fascinated by the Minister’s comments on this provision, but they have been rather brief and to the point, so may I ask him to expand on how the provision is a danger to our constitutional settlement? As a “small c” conservative, I might just agree with him on the overall settlement, but could he expand on the points that he has just touched on?
I was simply alluding to the fact that the provision deals with matters that relate to finance, which are within the privilege of this House, rather than the other place.