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New Clause 3 - Oversight committee

Part of Mesothelioma Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 12th December 2013.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:45 pm, 12th December 2013

I am reassured by that. That is much better news. I hope that this will be supported by an obligation on those who hold such information to provide it to the oversight committee. I am pleased by the strength of the support that both this Minister and the Minister in the House of Lords have given to the notion of an independent oversight body. That will have been noted on the record, and by those who are paying close attention to this debate. I still cannot see any difficulty in including that in the Bill. I know that the Minister is concerned about ping-pong, but I cannot imagine any objections from the other place to such a clause being included in the Bill. However, the assurances are certainly  very strong, and have been repeated by Ministers in both Houses. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the new clause.