Clause 433 - Tax

Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 5 February 2002.

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

Mr. Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield) rose—

Photo of Mr John McWilliam Mr John McWilliam Labour, Blaydon

May I point out to the Committee that the clause is incredibly narrow?

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

Indeed, Mr. McWilliam. I was simply going to ask whether the clause is necessary. It is extremely oddly worded. It is headed, ''Tax'', and says:

Schedule 7 contains provisions about tax.

I do not understand why clause 433 has to tell us that.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I understand that that is necessary because there cannot be a schedule without a clause to introduce it. Given the contents of the schedule, the clause could hardly be shorter, and I cannot understand how the hon. Gentleman could object to it.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

I was not objecting to the clause itself. It is so short that I thought I should say something about it before we move on to other matters.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 433 ordered to stand part of the Bill.