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Clause 1

Part of Business Rate Supplements Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 11:45 am, 27th January 2009

Thank you, Mr. Atkinson. I will signify my intention to press for a vote when we reach the appropriate point. The reason I mention that is that, as the Minister has quite rightly pointed out, amendment 1 relates to the theme under discussion, namely consultation with business and being able to demonstrate that business supports the scheme, but the crucial issue is the ballot, which, as I understand it, is dealt with later in the Bill. We will have the opportunity to vote on, for example, amendments 5 to 7, which are on the issue of a ballot, when we reach them. That is the crucial question for hon. Members, certainly on this side of the Committee.