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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 Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 3:45 pm, 12th December 2013

On a real point of order, Mr Howarth. As my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston said, we are all enormously grateful for the way in which the Minister has conducted the business, and for regularly saying that he will, on Report, come back to several of the issues raised, not least by some of his hon. and learned Friends.

The Minister has said countless times that he does not want ping-pong. I think I am right in saying that there has been a Government amendment, but it is only a technical one; the subsection that has been removed  from the Bill is the one that is always in a Lords Bill that might incur some kind of charge. I suggest to the Minister, through the Chair, that were he to come forward with an amendment on Report—there are many issues on which it would ease the mind of the whole Committee if amendments were brought forward, on a cross-party basis—we Opposition Members would want to make sure that there was no delay in ping-pong of more than 24 hours, to make sure that the Bill was brought to completion.