The Paymaster General has offered me half a slice of cake, and it would churlish of me to throw it, crumbs and all, back in her face. I do not agree with her view on the negative procedure, but I agree that the regulations' content, enforceability and acceptability are what really matter.
I have another reason for not only enthusiasm but perhaps even joy. The Paymaster General referred to the draft regulations that are to be published in March next year, followed by a thorough consultation. The reason why that makes me enthusiastic and perhaps even joyful is that I am sure that the Paymaster General proposes to act in that way because she has taken heed of the title and contents—''Regulations on Small Businesses (Reduction)''—of the ten-minute Bill that I had the great privilege to present on 27 April 1999. As she has followed my lead and been so generous this afternoon, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.