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Prime Minister announces election date

Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that the General Election will be held on May 5 and this could derail the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.

The Bill will be in a rush against time to make it to law with Parliament likely to be dissolved on Monday.

Parliamentary managers are currently working on a schedule to see what Bills can be rushed through and which will need to be sacrificed.

A spokesman at the House of Commons explained what the Bill still had to get through to become law: "The Bill is still at the committee stage in the Lords. It then needs to go through its third reading and report stage before it is sent back to the Commons. It will only become law if the Commons and the Lords agree on the text of the Bill after all these stages."

To its advantage, the Bill has had a relatively easy passage through Parliament and has been, for the most part, supported by opposition parties.

But with these opposition parties in the majority in the Lords, the Government is currently trading to salvage the Serious Crime Bill, the Gambling Bill, the Drugs Bill, the Railways Bill, the Finance Bill, the Charities Bill and the School Transport Bill.

If it does not win in this fight and is sacrificed, there is no guarantee that it would be resurrected following the election.

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