Clause 136 - Meaning of ''offshore installation''

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 25th May 2004.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Shadow Chief Secretary To the Treasury, Economic Affairs

There have not been any major objections to the clarification offered by the clause, but some questions have been raised. The explanatory note states:

''The same types of vessel will continue to be categorised as an offshore installations as now'',

and it gives the examples of offshore installations, jack-up drilling rigs—

Photo of Mr John McWilliam Mr John McWilliam Labour, Blaydon

Order. We are speaking to the schedule again and not the clause. It is the usual problem with schedules; I do not know why we are not allowed to debate schedules with clauses. That would seem eminently sensible to me. Perhaps I should write to the Chairman of the Procedure Committee about that.

Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Shadow Chief Secretary To the Treasury, Economic Affairs

I thank you, Mr. McWilliam; I have nearly finished. The courts have held that those vessels are currently not offshore installations. Confirmation is sought that vessels that the courts have said attract relief will continue to do so. However, as you pointed out, Mr. McWilliam, that is the schedule and not the clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 136 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 27 agreed to.

Clause 137 ordered to stand part of the Bill.