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I beg to move amendment No. 36, in page 2, leave out lines 15 to 24 and insert—
The amendments tabled in Committee would have required that Consolidated Fund credit requisitions be approved by a duly authorised officer of the Treasury. Current practice is for such requisitions to be approved by two such officers, rather than one. That applies also to national loans fund requisitions and to payment instructions for both funds. We think that the Bill should make that current practice a statutory requirement, and our amendment achieves that.
The amendment also restructures much of clause 3 to make it clear that the form of requests under section 20 of the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1866, unlike those relating to payments from the Consolidated Fund and the national loans fund, do not need to be approved by the CAG.
I hope that the amendment will be welcomed by the whole House.
As I was one of the Members who raised the matter, I shall say briefly that I welcome the amendment, which seems entirely constructive and proper.