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 Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Paymaster General 4:15 pm, 15th May 2003

I am grateful to the Economic Secretary. It would be completely futile to pretend that I had taken that document on board, but it would have been helpful in anticipating the arguments that were adduced today to have had a copy of it on the Table in the Committee Room. It is clearly relevant to our considerations today, and we are being asked to place trust in the operation of that guidance, which was published on Budget day. As the Economic Secretary will be aware, however much this is an important argument, all of us have been under a tremendous work load in order to try and master all that we have to deal with during the coming days and weeks. I am grateful to the Economic Secretary for pointing the document out. I will certainly study it, but in the absence of knowledge of it, I shall continue to press my amendments to a vote.

Question put, That the amendment be made:­

The Committee divided: Ayes 9, Noes 16.