Clause 17

Part of Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 15 October 2008.

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Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 4:00, 15 October 2008

I do not entirely accept those undertakings. It is extremely difficult. The hon. Gentleman used the phrase “grey area”. I would use the phrase “muddying the waters”. It comes to the same thing. Clearly there is a level of uncertainty about whether funds will be additional. Given the difficulties we will face in relation to public expenditure and the difficulties at local government level with the various partnerships to which the hon. Gentleman refers, there will clearly be confusion. It is therefore important that we have this debate.