New clause 15 - Powers of the Secretary of State

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:00 pm ar 17 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol, Romsey 5:00, 17 Ionawr 2002

Without hesitation, deviation or too much repetition, I associate myself with the comments made by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham. I recently read Giles Brandreth's diaries, in which he said that he went to the Whips and told them that he was an expert on culture, media and sport—so they promptly assigned him to the Transport Bill. I am delighted that no party has taken that approach on this Bill.

I have found very useful the experience of Government Members, which has brought us down to earth on several occasions. I have also very much enjoyed the anecdotal contributions from the hon. Member for Canterbury. Indeed, I am sorry that they have not been mentioned so far, as they brought a human touch to the proceedings.