Pre-legislative Scrutiny

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:37 am on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North 10:37 am, 6th January 2004

As Whip on the Financial Services and Markets Bill, I found that one great thing was that much dead wood was cleared away by the expertise and the pre-legislative scrutiny. Owing to the co-operation of the parties, we were able to focus at length in Committee on the real issues. As my hon. Friend Mr. White pointed out, it is a tremendous help if we can remove non-contentious and detailed issues and focus on genuine differences. That is what the Committee stage should be about.