Clause 10 - Extent

Part of Age-Related Payments Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 25 May 2004.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 12:00, 25 May 2004

There can only be one question about clause 10: what about Northern Ireland? Presumably, the argument is that there is no council tax there, and so the payments do not apply, or will the Northern Ireland Office, through an Order in Council, make a corresponding provision for domestic rates there? Presumably, that would be quite a burden on the over-70s. I hope that the Minister will clarify that.

When I draft amendments, I like to get things right, so could the Minister explain why the clause is drafted so as to say

''(a) England and Wales, and (b) Scotland'', rather than ''England, Wales and Scotland''?