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Re-Export Controls Bill

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 26 April (WA 94), on what basis the decision was taken to oppose the Re-Export Controls Bill being referred to a Second Reading Committee in the House of Commons; and whether previous precedents of Private Members' Bills being referred to such a Committee were considered.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

As I stated in my reply of 26 April, I regret that the Government are unable to support the Re-export Controls Bill during its Commons stage, and the motion to refer the Bill to a Second Reading Committee was not supported on that basis. I can confirm that precedents for such referrals were considered as part of that decision.

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