HC Deb 26 November 2001 vol 375 c790

'.—(1) The Secretary of State shall appoint a person to review the operation of sections 21 to 23.

(2) The person appointed under subsection (1) shall review the operation of those sections not later than—

  1. (a) the expiry of the period of 14 months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed;
  2. (b) one month before the expiry of a period specified in accordance with section 28(2)(b) or (c).

(3) Where that person conducts a review under subsection (2) he shall send a report to the Secretary of State as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(4) Where the Secretary of State receives a report under subsection (3) he shall lay a copy of it before Parliament as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(5) The Secretary of State may make payments to a person appointed under subsection (1).'—[Mr. Pearson.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Bill, as amended in the Committee, considered.

11.19 pm
Madam Deputy Speaker (Sylvia Heal)

The amendment paper for Report is now available.

Mr. Beith

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Mr. Speaker's selection of amendments was prepared and published at 9.30 pm. After that, several provisions, including schedule 7, were not discussed. Will you and Mr. Speaker have the opportunity to reconsider your selection, given that you made the decision before you knew that several provisions would not be debated? Without a chance to debate schedule 7, hon. Members will never be told why employees of the Strategic Rail Authority should be given the power to purchase firearms. We should have that opportunity.

Madam Deputy Speaker

I would like to assure the right hon. Gentleman that the Speaker was in full knowledge of all the facts when he took this decision.

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