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
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