(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 2:30 pm on 12th June 2003.

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Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household 2:30 pm, 12th June 2003

I beg to move,

That the Order of the Committee of 15th May 2003, as amended by the Orders of 5th June 2003 and 10th June 2003, shall be further amended by leaving out in the second column of the Table the words ''5 pm on Tuesday 17th June'' and inserting the words ''6 pm on Tuesday 17th June''.

Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Conservative, Spelthorne

I do not know whether to congratulate my opposite number on still having his job or to commiserate that he has not been moved to something more important. We shall soon find out his fate.

I am more than happy to support the proposal, because it honours a specific agreement to make up the hour we lost this morning. If I repeated what I said at column 403 of the report of our proceedings, Sir Nicholas, you would tell me that I was repeating myself. Suffice it to say that our objections in principle still stand, but I shall not bore the Committee by repeating them. My view is that we do not have enough time in general to deal with the Bill, but I shall not rehearse the arguments.

Question put and agreed to.