Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill

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Mr. Tyler: I thank the hon. Lady for that last remark. I endorse and repeat the thanks that have been offered to the team that has made this a happy Committee. I say to my hon. Friend the Member for Cheadle that not every Committee is as amicable, constructive and consensual, but that she has had the best of baptisms.

I endorse the Minister's comments on programme motions. They are not always applicable, but it is important for this place to make better use of our time, not least because that enables Opposition parties to concentrate on the issues that most concern them rather than being at the mercy of the Government, with their large majority, pushing through an imposed guillotine. That applies both on the Floor of the House and in Committee. I am glad that, in this case, it worked so well.

Throughout our proceedings, we have rightly laid emphasis on outcomes. The process is not important, but achievement is, and that applies to all parties although we go about it in different ways. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I fear that that is not always the case with legislation, but I hope that the Minister and the Under-Secretary are right to be optimistic. I note that the Under-Secretary has a distinguished academic role in developing constitutional procedures in a—dare I use the word—federal way, and he has considered the issue in the context of other countries. I hope that in the near future he will be able to persuade his colleagues to allow him to develop new bodies to which the measure will apply—not least, of course, a regional assembly for Cornwall.

The Chairman: I thank all those who have spoken for their kind and generous remarks. It has been a pleasure partly to preside over these historic and important proceedings. I join with others in thanking all those who have assisted in our work. Most of all I should like to thank the Clerk, without whose wisdom the proceedings would have been the poorer.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

        Committee rose at four minutes to Eleven o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Amess, Mr. David (Chairman)
Calton, Mrs.
Gibson, Dr.
Gillan, Mrs.
Gilroy, Linda
Hesford, Stephen
Hoban, Mr.
Lansley, Mr.
May, Mrs.
Raynsford, Mr.
Ruddock, Joan
Tyler, Mr.
Whitehead, Dr.
Woolas, Mr.

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