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 Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Labour, Southampton, Test 5:00 pm, 13th January 2015

Far be it for me to add to this interesting historical diversion, but my understanding was that a Bill has a long title so that we can understand and address what, roughly speaking, is in it, particularly on Second Reading. It is indeed the case that Governments bring forward amendments, but they are normally within the context of the long title of a Bill. That is why the long titles of Bills have evolved to include “and for connected purposes”. The long title can be strained in order to fit a ‘connected purpose’, but these changes are clearly so far outside the connected purposes that we need an amendment to the long title as well.