Clause 305 - Mutual assistance: customs union with the Principality of Andorra

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 24th June 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Tyrie Andrew Tyrie Shadow Paymaster General 9:45 am, 24th June 2004

I have one brief question, which the Economic Secretary can drop me a line about. Why is the clause restricted to imports and exports of goods, rather than including services as well? In the interests of brevity, so that we can try to wind up this morning, my only other point is that, again, we can see Sir Humphrey's influence in the background notes, which state:

''Joint Committee Decision No 1/2003 (adopted on 3 September . . . ) provides for a number of administrative mechanisms designed to improve procedures.''

I am bewildered to know exactly what that means, but I will not waste the Committee's time exploring it. I would just like an answer on the services point.