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I think probably three reasons. Any government looks at every single Private Members' Bill that comes through in order to verify whether it wishes to see such a piece of legislation on the statute book, and no bill -- it would be very, very unusual for any Private Members' Bill to get to the statute book unless the government were prepared to support it.

I think I used the word draconian in terms of my description of Mr Soley's intentions, so there was a view about the government, about the bill anyway. But beyond that, if we were going to be responding ourselves not only to Calcutt 2 but also to the National Heritage Select Committee in due course, there was no sense at all from our point of view in having other legislation cluttering up the deck.

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