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Big Labour majority on annuity committee will kill bill

The cross-party committee of MPs has been named to consider

Conservative MP David Curry&#39s private member annuity reform bill next

week.

MPs will debate the bill line by line and raise amendments but the

Government is expected to use its majority on the committee to kill

the bill by dragging out the debate. Labour has 10 members. the

Tories four and the LibDems one.

The bill has got this far after the Tories used guerrilla tactics to

defeat the Government at the second reading of the bill three weeks

ago. Private members&#39 bills rarely get to the committee stage of the

process.

The committee includes a number of MPs known for their interest in

financial services, including Treasury economic secretary Ruth Kelly,

Tory shadow paymaster general Howard Flight and former Labour welfare

reform minister Frank Field.

Curry says: “We do not know whether the Government intends to engage

in a proper debate about the bill or just attempt to stifle it. The

Government is hostile to this bill and will at some stage kill it.”

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