The Hansard record of the debate can be read here.
Lord Saatchi said he had taken many of the previous criticisms of the Bill into account. However, although 14 of the 39 amendments were in his name, many of those were trivial and minor; some were just single word changes. But that does raise the question of why these errors were not discovered and sorted long before now.
Of the thirty-nine amendments, 15 were moved and agreed. 19 were not moved, leaving open the possibility of them being reintroduced at Report Stage. Only five were withdrawn.
Of the 15 amendments that were agreed, 14 were ones in Saatchi’s name and only one by someone else.
But in what appeared to be a concession, Saatchi agreed to a ’round-table discussion’ of the Bill before the Report Stage, which has yet to be scheduled.
It remains to be seen who is invited to this discussion. Will all those who proposed amendments be invited? Will Saatchi pay any attention to anything said or will it be no more than a sop to the Bill’s many critics? Will Saatchi listen?
We will need to wait and see.
Meantime, the consolidated Bill has been published. The Bill as introduced comprised 373 words; the latest version of the Bill has 612 words.
This Bill still has a long way to go.