New Clause 10 - Power to abolish Public Works Loan Commissioners

Part of Infrastructure Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 13th January 2015.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport) 5:00 pm, 13th January 2015

I think that might be the second example of serendipity in our consideration of this matter. I suppose the answer is because the Bill is here: the necessity to consult is a legal requirement; the opportunity afforded by the Bill to take this step is, in truth, a product of circumstance. The hon. Member for Southampton, Test asked why it was added now. I suppose the blunt answer to that—you will not hear this very often from a Minister, Mr Hood—is because it could be.