(Except Clauses 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42, 56, 57, 124, 130 to 135, 138, 139, 148 and 184 and Schedules 5, 6, 19 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration.)

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 3rd June 2003.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 4:30 pm, 3rd June 2003

I bid good afternoon to all members of the Committee. I give notice that, at the Government's request, there will be a meeting of the Programming Sub-Committee at whatever time is appropriate. It may be 7 o'clock, it may be after, it may be before, but I give notice to hon. Members who sit on it, so that they can make the appropriate arrangements.

I gather that some progress has been made in my absence, but perhaps not enough. I am dependent on the co-operation of the Government Whip, the Opposition Whip and the minority parties. Let us see what we can do this afternoon. I understand that the Financial Secretary was speaking—[Interruption.] It was the Chief Secretary—I do apologise, because there is rather a difference in salary, let alone anything else. The Chief Secretary, whom I have known for many, many years, as he appeared in debates even before he entered this place and was formidable even then, was talking to clause 46 stand part.