S.I. 2003/2553: further memorandum from
the Department of Trade and Industry
1. The Department has received the Committee's memorandum
of 4th November. It raises 2 points which require explanation.
The omission of an Explanatory Note
2. Owing to oversight by the Department, the copies
of the instrument sent to the Committee omitted the Explanatory
Note. The Department apologises for this, and for any inconvenience
it may cause the Committee. The copies of the instrument laid
before Parliament did include the Explanatory Note. The Department
undertakes to supply the Committee with complete copies of the
instrument as soon as possible.
The references to "calendar month"
3. The Department accepts that the references to
"calendar month" in regulation 5(1) and (3) are unnecessary,
given the definition in Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978.
The Department submits that any confusion caused by these unnecessary
references is likely to be minimal; however it accepts that they
are undesirable and undertakes, when the instrument is next amended,
to amend the reference to "calendar month" to "month".
7th November 2003