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It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Amess, in my first Committee. The first set of amendments would all do one thing: apply the Bill to Wales. The Welsh Assembly Government have now concluded their consultation on the subject and have confirmed that they wish the Bill to apply to Wales.
The amendments clarify that the offences under clauses 1(1) and 2(1) do not apply if a child occupies the property. A person under the age of 18 cannot in law hold a tenancy and the amendments make it clear that the exemption applies if the tenancy could be transferred to another person for the child’s benefit.