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Peter Atkinson: I think it is a suitable word and I hope the hon. Gentleman does not feel too offended. I am sure he is robust enough.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I do not think that we will go any further down that route.
Peter Atkinson: Order. The hon. Gentleman did mention clause 56, but he is nevertheless straying wide of the clause. I would be grateful if he came back to the matter at hand.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I am quite happy to give some latitude, but the hon. Gentleman is now taking liberties.
Peter Atkinson: Order. The hon. Gentleman is trying my patience. I urge him to keep to the essence of clause 56, which is about double taxation relief for MEPs.
Peter Atkinson: First, may I congratulate the Minister of State on his appointment to his new job? We have over the years come across each other from time to time in this House, and normally our encounters have been good-humoured, and I hope that continues. His predecessor the right hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy) has just left the Chamber, but I want to thank her as well. She managed...
Peter Atkinson: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the things that annoys people in rural areas is the cheaper rate offered by the utility companies for customers on a dual fuel tariff? If only one fuel—electricity—is available in a rural area, the people who live there cannot benefit from those discounts.
Peter Atkinson: The hon. Gentleman has been talking about investing in sustainable and rural communities. Northumberland county council, which covers one of the most sparse rural counties in England, is now run by the Liberal Democrats. Can the hon. Gentleman explain why it is closing all old people's day centres there?
Peter Atkinson: On the subject of Dairy Farmers of Britain, it is good news that most of the suppliers, particularly in north-east England, are finding new contracts, but could the Minister say anything about the future of the processing plant in Blaydon, near Newcastle? That is the only processing plant in the north-east region, and if it closes, dairy farmers in the region will face very high transport...
Peter Atkinson: The Minister touched on the star of David, which the Israelis want as their symbol. Does he anticipate that the advent of the red crystal will reduce pressure from Israel to use the star of David? Otherwise, there could be three, if not four symbols in the middle east.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment 160, in schedule 17, page 190, line 12, leave out from ‘partnership’ to end of line 14. Amendment 162, in schedule 17, page 190, line 33, leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘an event or’. Amendment 163, in schedule 17, page 191, line 38, at end insert— ‘“debenture” does not include a...
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment 174, in clause 39, page 19, leave out lines 15 to 18 and insert— ‘(3) For the purposes of this section and subject to subsections (3A) and (3B) below, an offshore fund satisfies the qualifying investments test if, on the last day of each quarter of the offshore fund’s relevant period of account, the market...
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss: amendment 42, in schedule 17, page 190, line 34, leave out paragraphs (a) and (b).
Peter Atkinson: Amendment proposed in schedule 17, page 189, line 41, leave out ‘£100’ and insert ‘£1’.
Peter Atkinson: Had you finished speaking on amendments 41 and 42?
Peter Atkinson: Order. I ask the hon. Gentleman not to discuss schedule 10, because we are coming to schedule 10 in a moment.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I remind the Minister not to be tempted to discuss schedule 9, because we shall come to that next.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Government amendments 10 to 12. Amendment 24, in schedule 9, page 104, line 39, after ‘by’, insert ‘paragraphs 1 to 4 of’. Amendment 25, in schedule 9, page 104, line 43, at end insert— ‘(6A) If a company so elects, the amendments made by paragraph (A1) of this Schedule, do not have effect in relation to...
Peter Atkinson: Order. The Minister knows that we will discuss that when we come to the schedule.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment 9.