New Clause 75 — Requirement for audit of business review
Orders of the Day
'The auditors must state in their report—
(a) whether in their opinion the information given in the business review for the financial year for which the annual accounts are prepared is consistent with those accounts; and
(b) whether any matters have come to their attention, in the performance of their functions as auditors of the company, which in their opinion are inconsistent with the information given in the business review.'.— [David Howarth.]
Brought up, and read the First time.
Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—
The House divided: Ayes 60, Noes 439.
Crispin Blunt (Whip, Whips; Reigate, Conservative)
On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Opposition wish to oppose Government amendment No. 821 but, because of the programme motion, it would appear that we do not have any choice except to oppose every Government amendment listed, until the falling of the knife. Is there any way that we can vote against amendment No. 821 without having to vote against all the Government amendments?
Sylvia Heal (Deputy Speaker)
I must inform the hon. Gentleman that the Opposition will have to vote against all the Government amendments; under the programme motion, I am bound to put all the remaining amendments in this group.