Clause 197 - Power to modify schedule 7

Enterprise Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:45 pm ar 7 Mai 2002.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Nigel Waterson Nigel Waterson Ceidwadwyr, Eastbourne

Again, there is an echo of something that we have debated before. We object in principle to the Secretary of State having the power to modify by statutory instrument schedule 7. It contains some important provisions, even if they are tucked away in a schedule. We make no complaint about that, but if there are significant changes to what is set out in the schedule, due consideration should be given to them at all stages by the House. We have made a similar point before, and I do not wish to labour it, but I should like the Under-Secretary to justify why the Secretary of State should have that power.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

Through the work of the Committee, we are trying to ensure that the Bill will stand the test of time. It is important that the list of remedies can be amended over time to reflect market developments. One example is that we have changed the list to allow authorities to specify how information should be published. They could specify that it should be published on the internet, which is obviously a new development since 1973. There may be similar developments in future.

To reassure the hon. Gentleman, I point out that a modification requires an affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament. The provision is necessary, however, to provide the right degree of flexibility in the legislation to reflect changes and market developments that might take place over a considerable time.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 197 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 199 ordered to stand part of the Bill.