The controversial Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill starts its Committee stage in the House of Lords next week on Monday 3rd July.
One puzzling bit in the list of Amendments is:
THE BARONESS WILCOX
THE LORD KINGSLAND
THE LORD LLOYD OF BERWICK
THE LORD NORTON OF LOUTH
THE LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON
The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 3 stand part of the Bill.
Clause 3 of the Bill is the Power to implement Law Commission recommendations
i.e. a major part of the Bill as originally presented, and as voted on in the Commons,
However, Lord Bassam of Brighton is the NuLabour Government Minister pushing the Bill through the Lords.
Does this mean that Clause 3 is set to be abandoned ?
Does this mean that the Government is supporting an Opposition amendment, or has some sort of backroom deal be done to defer consideration until a later stage ? Initially we thought that there must be an error in the published
Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in committee printed on 29th June 2006, but apparently this is not so.