Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from the Clerk to BEDA

Lord Alexander of Weedon, Chairman of the Committee, has asked me to reply to your letter of 10 March, which arrived here today and has been copied to all members of the Committee, and to the Clerk to the Commons Deregulation Committee. Your letter will be of assistance to the Committee this Wednesday, when it meets to discuss this deregulation proposal for the sixth and last time.

Your earlier kind offer to give oral evidence to the Committee was put to the members last week, and whilst grateful for it they did not consider it necessary because they are focusing on the issue of the maintenance of necessary protection for residents. As I have mentioned to BEDA before, the Committee is bound to consider this issue because the measure is being progressed by means of a deregulation proposal.

The Chairman has noted that BEDA think the Committee's suggestion of an "opt-in" provision might be ultra vires. The Committee disagrees with this view, but will reconsider this matter again with particular care at its meeting on Wednesday.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work of the Committee.

13 March 2000

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