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(Except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92) - Clause 56

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Treasury) 11:15 am, 16th June 2009

All I can say is that I hope that Conservative MEPs, who will share the hon. Gentleman’s anxiety, will forgo their pay until they feel that the auditing arrangements within the EU are administered to a more satisfactory standard. That seems to be the logical inference.

I am extremely concerned about value for money, so I am concerned by all kinds of statements made by different parties in the House, but I do not wish you to think that I am straying from clause 56, Mr. Atkinson. The Conservative leadership could certainly pay their stamp duty, for example, which would be helpful to the Exchequer.