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It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time on this or any other Bill, Mr Howarth.
The clause deals with schedule 2, which contains amendments to other legislation, to ensure that, where an application is made under the scheme, a person does not receive certain other payments. The amendment, which is in part a probing amendment, would make it clear that a person should not be deprived of payments, whether under schedule 2 or otherwise, unless a successful claim has been made under the scheme. At present, that is not what the clause states. I should be happy if the Minister said that that was the Government’s intention, in case it became an issue either before a court or any other body charged with the administration of the scheme in due course. There should be no loss of payments at all, until such time as a successful claim has been made. I hope that the Minister makes it clear that that is the Government’s intention.
It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth.
That is exactly the Government’s intention. I hope that my hon. and learned Friend accepts that in good faith.