Clause 17 - Short title, commencement and extent

Part of Children and Adoption Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:30 am ar 21 Mawrth 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children) 11:30, 21 Mawrth 2006

I had sought to do that but was frustrated, so any reference to those amendments is irrelevant to the case that the Minister makes against this amendment.

The Minister said that parliamentary counsel have a big influence on short titles. I dare not think how much we pay them to play around with a few words, when we could in effect do it for free. We would offer a great   financial saving if the Government were to ask us to title future Bills rather than relying on highly paid parliamentary counsel.

The amendment is not entirely frivolous, but it is tempting to push it to a vote—the numbers on either side of the Committee are interesting, Mr. Hood, and we might have to rely on your intervention. However, I do not wish to tease the Committee any further. We have made our point. It is a shame that the Minister should come up with a load of hogwash in order to say why it is not eminently sensible, but eminently sensible things are not necessarily the Government’s hallmark. Reluctantly, therefore, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.