Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 20th May 2003.
I welcome all members of the Committee to this sitting. Goodish progress is being made, and I hope that that will be continued. The friendly environment that exists across the Committee is to be commended.
I believe that it has been indicated to you that there was a mistake on the provisional selection list issued yesterday. Clause 23 was listed in the wrong place. A new selection list has been produced, with clause 23 listed after clause 21 in accordance with the order of consideration. I hope that hon. Members in all parts of the Committee will take account of that.
On a point of order, Sir Nicholas. The Official Report for the morning sitting of the Committee on Thursday 15 May shows in col. 31 that I responded to an intervention from the hon. Member for East Carmarthen and Dinefwr (Adam Price), saying:
''Betting exchanges are not involved in that and because they do not participate in the levy, racing does not benefit from it in any way.''—[Official Report, Standing Committee B, 15 May 2003; c. 31.]
I should point out that I was mistaken in that assertion, and that betting exchanges do participate in the levy. I should like to take this opportunity to correct that.
The hon. Gentleman has been courteous in drawing that matter to the Committee's attention. I know that his apology will be accepted and noted by the Committee. I think that that is the appropriate courtesy and I commend him on the action that he has taken.
On a point of order, Sir Nicholas. I seek your guidance. I note that on the provisional selection list, under clause 34, amendments Nos. 123 and 124 are listed to be taken, at your discretion, with amendment Nos. 131, 132 and 120, I dare say for the convenience of the Committee. For the sake of clarification, amendments Nos. 123 and 124 relate to clause 34, whereas amendments Nos. 131 and 132 relate to clause 35 and amendment No. 120 relates to clause 36.
The arguments on amendments Nos. 131, 132 and, to a degree, 120 coincide, but the arguments on amendments Nos. 123 and 124 are different and distinct. Therefore, it might be worth considering whether it would be for the convenience of the Committee to contemplate taking amendments Nos. 131 and 132 on clause 35 and, likewise, amendment
No. 120 on clause 36, although we could discuss clauses 35 and 36 as a package.
I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for drawing that matter to the Committee's attention. If it is his suggestion that the amendments that have been selected to be considered together should be split, I shall certainly give that some thought. If the hon. Gentleman and the Government are happy that they should be split, I am sure that that can be arranged. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman.Clause 19 Face-value vouchers