Pre-legislative Scrutiny

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:05 am on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 10:05 am, 6th January 2004

If we restrict consultation too much, we could fail to take note of a strongly held view that the public at large wish to express in a forceful way. An example is the recent "Today" poll on which Bills should be introduced. There was huge support for a Bill to deal with an issue arising from the Martin case. It was not introduced in a technical way by expert lawyers but, importantly, it has touched a raw nerve with the public. We would not want not to know what people thought about such issues. Is that the hon. Gentleman's point?