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Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:00 am on 21st May 2009.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 9:00 am, 21st May 2009

I welcome all Members to the Committee on this somewhat dull Thursday, after a fairly traumatic and difficult week for the House. The Speaker has appointed me as an additional Chairman—[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] I am grateful to be able to help out in the unavoidable absence of both Mr. Hood and Mr. Atkinson, but I am happy to tell you that Mr. Atkinson will be back in the Chair this afternoon, so you will have to suffer me for only one hour and 25 minutes.

I remind Members that amendments may be tabled during the recess. Any amendments received in the Public Bill Office before 4.30 pm on Thursday 28 May will appear in print on Friday 29 May and will be unstarred and eligible for selection by the time the Committee resumes on Tuesday 2 June, after the brief Whitsun recess. I remind the Committee that when you adjourned earlier this week on Tuesday, you were, and therefore still are, debating clause 6. I think that the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham had just completed what he had to say—

Photo of Bob Blizzard Bob Blizzard Government Whip

The hon. Member for Taunton had also completed his comments.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Treasury)

I will make the speech again, if you would like, Sir Nicholas.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

It is a great pleasure to hear the hon. Gentleman speak—one that I have had many times in the past, and I suspect that in the next hour and 25 minutes he might gift me again with his eloquence. Both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Opposition Front Benchers have spoken.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Shadow Minister (Treasury)

On a point of order, Sir Nicholas, I think that I speak on behalf of the whole Committee when I say what a great pleasure it is to have you here today. Would it be possible for you also to chair the final sitting of the Committee, as you did so well last year?

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

I am most grateful—as we come up to the selection of Speaker, such comments are welcome indeed. Unfortunately, the matter does not rest with me. I am merely a temporary and additional Chairman for this sitting. If there are further problems and I am asked to chair the Committee again, I shall readily accept. I am grateful to the Government Whip for bringing me entirely up to date, because I am clearly at a disadvantage, the Committee having sat twice already.