Homelessness Bill

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Tim Loughton: I am grateful to the Minister. I could be impertinent and repeat the comments that I made to his predecessor last time we discussed the matter, but I am pleased that he has acknowledged its importance, that it has been taken seriously and that the message will go out to local authorities. However, as with so much else that we have discussed this morning, we wait with bated breath for guidance procedures if they are to be issued before the end of October—hopefully, before the Bill has been discussed on Report and Third Reading. In giving us the date, I hope that the Minister is guaranteeing that we shall have sight of the draft guidance before the Bill leaves this place, so that we can have the opportunity, if some of his promises are not down in black and white in the guidance, to take them up with him on the Floor of the House.

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 2 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Woolas.]

Adjourned accordingly at ten minutes to One o'clock till this day at half-past Four o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Gale, Mr. Roger (Chairman)
Buck, Ms
Clifton-Brown, Mr.
Foster, Mr. Don
Francis, Dr.
Iddon, Dr.
Keeble, Ms
Kidney, Mr.
Loughton, Tim
Love, Mr.
Moran, Margaret
Selous, Mr.
Waterson, Mr.
Whitehead, Dr.
Williams, Hywel
Woolas, Mr.

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