Is the Junior Cabinet Office Minister Jim Murphy really going to concede some constitutional safeguards, at the Report stage of the controversial Legsilative and Regulatory Reform Bill 2006 ?
Yesterday his office gave this Written Answer:
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Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason the Government have not accepted requests to limit by legislation the power to deliver by the scope of Part 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill highly political measures. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (the Bill) has just completed its Committee stage where this issue was discussed. I have told the Standing Committee that the Government will consider the addition of further safeguards to the order making power in Part 1 of the Bill at Report stage.
Will these be genuine safeguards, written into the text of the Bill, or will they just be another layer of obscure "tests" or vetoes by Government appointed or dominated Quangos, NDPBs or Select Committees ?
Presumably the Report stage of this Bill will eventually be announced some time after the week endiing 24th March, which will be mostly taken up by the Budget debates.
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