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Clause 26 - Short title

Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 18th December 2012.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 9:45 am, 18th December 2012

I beg to move amendment 13, in clause 26, page 11, line 3, leave out subsection (2).

One of the lovely things about this place that one can move technical amendments relating to little-known procedures. Amendment 13 is routine and is necessary to remove the subsection that prevents the other place from having any control over money matters. I am informed that this happens with every Bill that starts in the Lords, although I had not noticed it before, and it is part of the ancient historical privilege of the Commons as the sole body responsible for money matters. The amendment is not controversial, so I commend it to the Committee.

Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

I could stand and say that the removal of this provision is a disgraceful abdication of the Minister’s responsibility to go against the other place, but given that the amendment removes a technical provision inserted into Bills in the other place—I had not noticed such measures before, either—I do not think that we will press it to a vote.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 26, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.