Clause 17 - Requirement of evidence or security

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 15th May 2003.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 4:15 pm, 15th May 2003

I agree with the case that the hon. Gentleman is developing. Does he agree that the minimum that would have been helpful from the Minister would have been an agreement to incorporate in the Bill some of the safeguards on which he touched in his comments? Then it would be clear what they were, and we could debate them, rather than have to rely upon the good faith of Customs and Excise.