Peter Bottomley (Worthing West, Con): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason the Government have not accepted requests to limit by legislation the power to deliver by the scope of Part 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill highly political measures.
Jim Murphy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office): The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (the Bill) has just completed its Committee stage where this issue was discussed. I have told the Standing Committee that the Government will consider the addition of further safeguards to the order making power in Part 1 of the Bill at Report stage.
It really is worrying that the powers that be can get away with not answering the question (even if the question was poorly put). The question was 'what reason?' and the answer said 'we'll consider' - and consider doesn't mean 'adopt'.