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IT'S ALL IN A NAME FOR NEW BILL

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The latest gossip on the local government Bill expected in the Queen's Speech is that the civil servants charged wi...
The latest gossip on the local government Bill expected in the Queen's Speech is that the civil servants charged with drafting it are having problems deciding the name.

The government fears masses of amendments will bog the Bill down in Parliament, risking it running out of time as the Commons and Lords exchange fire over abolishing the rights of hereditary peers.

They want a name which will allow most attempts at additions to be ruled out.

Topics which interest groups could try to add to the Bill range from a ban on fox-hunting on council land to the abolition of s28, which outlaws the 'promotion' of homosexuality.

Other possible additions include the host of measures in the local government white paper which are unlikely to make it to the Bill.
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