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Baroness Blatch: I will leave it to my noble friend to read what the Minister had to say. I think she will be disappointed both that the case was not accepted and that the Minister has not actually said on what grounds he does not accept the case for considering lap dancing clubs as analogous to sex shops. They are analogous in the way in which they practise. As I said, neighbours of lap dancing clubs who want to complain about them are restricted to complaining on grounds which are not actually relevant to the particular grounds of complaint. Those grounds would be analogous to those applying to sex shops.
The Minister argues that accepting the proposal would be difficult because the Bill must be passed. It is a simple amendment which could be accepted. He accuses my noble friend of saying that the amendment is flawed because it has no definitionbut the amendment is about redefining.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: I did not accuse; I was simply trying to aid discussion. It was not an accusatory observation. I really think that the noble Baroness should come down from the rather confrontational language that she sometimes uses in these situations.
Baroness Blatch: The Minister said that the amendment was flawed because it did not contain a definition. But the amendment is redefining lap dancing clubs. That is the point of the amendment. That is the point that he missed. The intention is to redefine lap dancing clubs and put them into the same
"(1A) In subsection (3), for "(9A)" there is substituted "(9AA)"." Page 103, line 30, at end insert
"(4) After subsection (9A) there is inserted
"(9AA) The power of the Secretary of State to make an order under paragraph 5G of Schedule 9 shall be exercisable by statutory instrument, and no such order shall be made by him unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.""
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"53A In Schedule 13 (minor and consequential amendments), in paragraph 80 (amendments of section 143 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988)
(a) sub-paragraph (1) is omitted, and
(b) in sub-paragraph (2), for "that section" there is substituted "section 143 of that Act (orders and regulations)"."
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"( ) Schedule 9 to the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c. 41), and
( ) paragraph 80(1) of Schedule 13 to the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14),"
Committee adjourned at six minutes past seven o'clock.
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