(Except clauses 1 and 2, schedule 1, clause 21, schedule 12, clauses 25, 27 and 31 to 34, schedule 13 and new clauses relating to those clauses and schedules)

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 16 January 2024.

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Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) 9:25, 16 January 2024

Good morning, colleagues. We are now sitting in public and sittings are being broadcast. I have the usual preliminaries for those who are used to such Committees. Hansard colleagues would be grateful if Members could email their speaking notes to them. Please switch your phones or electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during sittings.

The selection list for today’s sitting is available in the room. It shows how the clauses, schedules and selected new clauses have been grouped for debate. Matters grouped together are generally the same or similar issues. A Member may speak more than once in a single debate.

I will first call the Minister to move the programme motion standing in his name. It was discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Programming Sub-Committee.



1. the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 16 January meet—

(a) at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 16 January;

(b) at 11:30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 18 January;

(c) at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 30 January;

2. the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clause 3; Schedule 2; Clause 4; Schedule 3; Clause 5; Schedule 4; Clause 6; Schedule 5; Clause 7; Schedule 6; Clause 8; Schedule 7; Clause 9; Schedule 8; Clauses 10 to 14; Schedule 9; Clauses 15 and 16; Schedule 10; Clauses 17 to 20; Schedule 11; Clauses 22 to 24; Clause 26; Clauses 28 to 30; Clauses 35 to 38; any new Clauses or new Schedules relating to the subject matter of those Clauses or those Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

3. the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 30 January.—


That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.—(Nigel Huddleston.)

Photo of Ian Paisley Jnr Ian Paisley Jnr Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)

Copies of written evidence that the Committee receives will be made available in the Committee Room and will be circulated to Members by email.

We now proceed to line-by-line consideration of the Bill. I know that the Ministers will speak, but other Members who wish to speak should please bob so that you draw my attention. Variety is the spice of life and we do not want to hear just the Ministers and shadow Ministers. You are all welcome to speak and I look forward to hearing you.