First Standing Committee on
Monday 19 November 2001
[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair]
Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2001
Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the Committee do now adjourn.[Mr. Bradley.]
The Chairman: We have met with a slight difficulty, in so far as not all hon. Members have identical copies of the order. I ask for the Committee's indulgence. If we adjourn for 10 minutes, we can ensure that everyone is equipped with the same order. We shall then consider whether it is right and proper to continue forthwith. If hon. Members will bear with us, we can be sure that everyone is working from the same hymn sheet.
I suggest that we meet again at 4.45 pm
The Chairman: Order. I think that all members of the Committee are now in possession of the same order.
Mr. James Paice (South-East Cambridgeshire): On a point of order, Mr. Benton. I thank the Minister and his officials for rushing around and trying to ensure that we all have the same copy of the order. However, I propose that the Committee does not consider the order now, but that it should reconvene when it has been possible for us to check that the copy that we now haveapart from the exception that I foundcorrelates with the copy that the Minister intended to lay. It would be improper for us to debate it now. I believe that the Committee should adjourn.
Mr. John Burnett (Torridge and West Devon): Further to that point of order, Mr. Benton. We on the Liberal Democrat Benches support the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice). Legislation must be presented to us for scrutiny, exact in every particular, prior to the Committee's sitting. This sitting should therefore be adjourned in order that we may scrutinise the full, complete and accurate copy of the order before we meet again.
The Minister for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform (Mr. Keith Bradley): I apologise to the Committee for the error in laying the order, which has caused anxiety and inconvenience to the Committee. It is right for us to have the correct version to scrutinise in advance of the Committee's deliberations. The matter needs to be advanced as soon as possible in order to protect the integrity of the Financial Services Act 1986 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. I therefore request that we reconvene as soon as it is possible to relay the order.
Question put and agreed to.
Committee rose at thirteen minutes to Five o'clock.
The following Members attended the Committee:
Benton, Mr. Joe (Chairman)
Field, Mr. Frank
Turner, Mr. Andrew