HC Deb 21 February 1984 vol 54 cc680-1
2. Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what further codes of practice he is required to introduce by legislation; and by what dates he intends their introduction.

The Under-Secretary of State for Employment (Mr. Alan Clark)

None, Sir, but certain bodies may initiate codes for which they may need to seek my right hon. Friend's consent or approval.

Mr. Marlow

As my hon. Friend has a great reputation as a parliamentarian and is especially concerned with the powers of the House, does he agree that it is appalling that various quangos have the power to put measures before himself and the Secretary of State which they and the House are unable to amend? Unelected bodies are able to make legislation for the House. What will my hon. Friend do about this?

Mr. Clark

These codes do not have the force of law. I am obliged to my hon. Friend for the opportunity to reiterate that. There can be certain circumstances, although one would hope that humanity and common sense would govern the relationship between parties in such instances, where it is useful to have a code of practice to which either party — I hope that it will not be necessary—and in the last resort the tribunals, can refer.