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HUNT BILL THREATENED BY ANTI-HUNTING ROW

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The Hunt Bill for democratic reform could founder because of the furore over the anti-hunting Bill. ...
The Hunt Bill for democratic reform could founder because of the furore over the anti-hunting Bill.

The Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) Bill allows for councils to change their decision making powers subject to ministerial and Parliamentary approval. Arrangements could include elected mayors, cabinet-style one-party committees, councillors with executive powers and backbench style scrutiny.

It is currently awaiting its committee stage in the House of Lords.

Since it has government backing, ministers and the Local Government Association hoped it would have a smooth passage through Parliament.

But the fierce opposition to the Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill being promoted by backbench Labour MP Michael Foster could lead to other private member's bills running out of Parliamentary time.

Supporters of Lord Hunt's Bill will probably have to wait until late February or early March to see if it is likely to reach the statute books.

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