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Baroness Miller of Hendon: I am grateful to the Minister for the courteous, helpful and understanding way in which he answered this group of amendments. We are not too far apart. As regards the point made about gold-plating, I had tabled many amendments which gave examples of that. However, I did not move them this evening. Therefore, I shall return to them on Report. That will give me an opportunity to deal in more detail with that matter and will no doubt give the Minister the opportunity to tell me why he thinks I am wrong. But, for now, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendment No. 297B not moved.]

Clause 33 agreed to.

[Amendment No. 297C not moved.]

Clauses 34 and 35 agreed to.

Schedule 8 [Repeals]:

Lord Simon of Highbury moved Amendments Nos. 298 to 302:

Page 89, line 30, at end insert--
("In section 118(1)(b), the word ", 127".")

Page 90, leave out lines 13 and 14
Page 90, line 24, at end insert--
("1992 c. 52.Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.In Schedule A1, paragraph 122.")

Page 91, line 3, at end insert--
("1999 c. 00Employment Relations Act 1999.Section 16(6).")

Page 94, line 17, at end insert--
("1998 c. 8.Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998.Section 14(1).")

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 8, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 36 agreed to.

[Amendment No. 302A not moved.]

Clause 37 [Extent.]

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Lord McIntosh of Haringey moved Amendment No. 303:

Page 16, line 17, at beginning insert--
("(1) Any amendment or repeal in this Act has the same extent as the provision amended or repealed.
(2) Subject to subsection (1),")

The noble Lord said: I should like to move Amendment No. 303 and speak also to Amendment No. 304. These are technical amendments dealing with Northern Ireland. Amendment No. 303 ensures that where the Bill amends or repeals part of employment legislation which applies exceptionally to Northern Ireland, the amendments and repeals will apply to Northern Ireland.

The subject matter of the Bill is intended to be a transferred matter under the Northern Ireland Act. We had been assuming that devolution in Northern Ireland would have occurred by the time of Royal Assent and it would have fallen to the Northern Ireland Assembly to decide the extent to which measures equivalent should be put into effect. It seems likely that the Bill will be granted Royal Assent before devolution in Northern Ireland and we have sought to ensure that if devolution has not occurred, the provisions in the Bill can be achieved within a similar timescale to the rest of the United Kingdom. I beg to move.

16 Jun 1999 : Column 406

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord McIntosh of Haringey moved Amendment No. 304:

Page 16, line 17, at end insert--
("( ) An Order in Council under paragraph 1(1)(b) of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 1974 (legislation for Northern Ireland in the interim period) which contains a statement that it is made only for purposes corresponding to any of the purposes of this Act--
(a) shall not be subject to paragraph 1(4) and (5) of that Schedule (affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament), but
(b) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.")

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 37, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 38 agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

HFC Bank Bill

Bill reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee without amendment.

        House adjourned at fourteen minutes before eleven o'clock.

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