Clause 4

Part of Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:45 pm on 11 November 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1:45, 11 November 2010

On a point of order, Mr Howarth. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your co-Chair, Mr Streeter, for the way in which you have chaired the proceedings over the course of not just the scrutiny sessions, but the evidence sessions. You have ensured between you that we made good progress on the Bill. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Scarborough and Whitby and the hon. Member for West Ham, who have developed a good working relationship as the usual channels on the Bill. I also thank the Committee Clerks, the Hansard reporters, who had to make sense of our speeches over the past few days, the Doorkeepers and the police.

I thank my hon. Friends for their contributions and advise them that, given that before the election, Government Back Benchers were not allowed to speak, they should realise how lucky they are to have that freedom in the debates. I also thank the right hon. Member for Delyn  and the hon. Member for Bristol East for leading the Opposition in their scrutiny of the Bill. I think we had a good debate. We have kicked the tyres on the Bill at some length, and are none the worse for doing so. I would also like to thank the Bill team for doing an excellent job in putting it together and ensuring that I had good material to use during the proceedings.