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Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government amendments 270 to 273, 276, 280 to 282, 287 to 290 and 296 to 298. Amendment 65, in schedule 46, page 343, line 20, leave out ‘or officer’. Government amendments 300 to 304.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment 76, in clause 91, page 45, line 3, at end insert ‘and set out the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers and other persons with whom HMRC deals’. Amendment 77, in clause 91, page 45, line 5, leave out ‘regularly’. Amendment 78, in clause 91, page 45, line 5, after ‘review’, insert ‘at...
Peter Atkinson: Before we come to the amendment, we must deal with the clause.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman. Speaking of being brief, I warn the Committee that by 4 o’clock we will have sat for three hours. At about that time, I propose to have a short adjournment.
Peter Atkinson: These are matters, not for the Chair, but for the usual channels. I am giving guidance to the Committee because, unlike honourable Members, the Clerk and I cannot keep going out, so after about three hours, it is useful to have a break. If the Committee is aiming to get towards the end of the business on oil, I will be flexible about when we adjourn, however, at 4 o’clock or slightly...
Peter Atkinson: Order. In fairness to everybody, I want to make it clear to the Committee that the text of the amendments was on the Order Paper on Tuesday, as I recall. I think that it is the letter that was delayed. However, the text of the amendments was here on Tuesday afternoon; I saw it. So the text of the amendments was available. In fact, I am told that it was available on Tuesday morning.
Peter Atkinson: Order. In fact, the Opposition amendments are not moved at this stage.
Peter Atkinson: The Opposition amendments were not the lead amendments in the group. If the hon. Gentleman wants to press any to a vote, he should let me know and they can be moved at the appropriate point.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 261, in clause 81, page 43, leave out lines 8 to 11.
Peter Atkinson: Yes, if it is more convenient for the Committee to consider them as one, that would help matters. With this it will be convenient to take schedule 37.
Peter Atkinson: Amendment not moved.
Peter Atkinson: I remind the Committee that with this we are discussing the following: amendment 203, in schedule 35, page 280, line 39, leave out sub-paragraph (2). Amendment 204, in schedule 35, page 291, line 7, at end insert ‘but this Schedule shall not apply where the individual concerned is aged 50 or over at some time in the tax years 2009-10 and 2010-11.’.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment 182, in schedule 35, page 283, line 40, after ‘paid’, insert ‘under this sub-paragraph or under sub-paragraph (3A)’. Amendment 190, in schedule 35, page 284, line 3, leave out ‘a quarterly’ and insert ‘an annual’. Amendment 183, in schedule 35, page 284, line 11, at end insert—...
Peter Atkinson: We are discussing clause 61, which introduces schedule 30. It would be perhaps more convenient for the Committee to discuss them together, given that clause 61 is simply a one-line clause introducing schedule 30. The Chair is content with that.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 209 to 212.
Peter Atkinson: It might be convenient for the Committee to treat this as one debate on a technical matter, rather than to debate the amendment and then clause stand part.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I think that honours are even in this respect.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before the hon. Gentleman intervenes, I say that the Chair is motivated by wishing to discuss clause 56. I think that we had perhaps better leave the motivations of MEPs to one side.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Nice try, but no good.
Peter Atkinson: Order. We are straying again. The clause is to do with tax.