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Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. I also thank him for saying that we have been co-operative, which I believe we have tried to be. Indeed, it is in that spirit that I approach these unusual provisions in Clause 256. The Minister said that this was the standard procedure for first orders. Actually, I think that it is the reverse of that procedure, because the procedure for first orders is often more extensive than the procedure for later orders. Almost all orders under social security legislation, for example, are for pensions and benefits. The first orders are the ones that have a special procedure. The later ones often have the negative procedure or a much lower level of procedure, so this procedure is unusual in that orders can be brought in quickly without prior parliamentary scrutiny.
As I say, we were happy with this to the extent that it was necessary to support the original introduction of the Bill, but I am much less than happy that the vast majority will not be brought in, which indicated that the list was an excessive taking of power by the Treasury. I note, however, that the person who exercises the
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