Clause 20

Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 26 October 2010.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Treasury)

Welcome back to the Chair, Mr Caton. It is a wonderful experience to finish here having also been on the Floor of the House. We discussed the problems associated with that in the programme motion debate, but it worked out well in the end; we have been seamlessly transferred from the Floor of the House to the Committee Room. I am pleased to say that we have no objections to clause 20, and I am happy for the Minister to allow it to progress.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

It is a pleasure to welcome back the right hon. Gentleman from the Chamber. I am grateful for his remarks. This should not be a contentious matter. Essentially, clause 20 implements the changes required to comply with the EU technical directive. The remainder of the changes required by the directive will be introduced by statutory instrument later in the year. This is a measure that relates to the wholesale supplies of natural gas. UK businesses welcomed both the introduction of the rules and the current changes.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 20 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.