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Bob Blizzard: The hon. Gentleman obviously had no constituents affected by the phone scams of a few years ago—constituents were getting huge bills from BT, running up to hundreds of pounds, for mysterious phone calls made to Nauru. Unfortunately, BT never recompensed those people.
Bob Blizzard: The hon. Member for Taunton had also completed his comments.
Bob Blizzard: On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. I thought that we were discussing clause 61.
Bob Blizzard: His daughter has broken her arm, and he has given me his apologies.
Bob Blizzard: On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. Thank you for that announcement. We had an agreement to finish clause 90 and the corresponding schedule today. I think the mood of the Committee is that it would be better if we could finish it without adjourning, so I hope that we can have a common purpose and move that way. Would you permit us, if necessary to go a little beyond 4 o’clock in order to...
Bob Blizzard: On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. I commend you on your five and a half hour-plus stint today.
Bob Blizzard: Has the hon. Gentleman visited all of them?
Bob Blizzard: I can hear the sound of the jazz from below, so I beg to move that further consideration of the Bill be now adjourned.
Bob Blizzard: Before I move the motion to adjourn, may I point out that we are in the third week of this Committee? When we came into this room, the clock was five minutes ahead of the time on the monitor. I understand that we are using the time on the monitor, but it is confusing to have two time references in the same room, and I wonder whether I could look to you, Mr. Hood, to ensure that the clock is...
Bob Blizzard: I beg to move that the debate be now adjourned.
Bob Blizzard: On a point of order, Sir Nicholas, I understood that the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge wished to get away.
Bob Blizzard: Further to that, Sir Nicholas, my understanding is that it is not within the rules of the Committee to move an adjournment in the middle of a speech. I sought to wait until the Financial Secretary had finished her speech before moving the adjournment, so that it was as close to 7 o’clock as possible. My understanding is that it is not the done thing or that it is against the rules to leap...
Bob Blizzard: I am happy to carry on if the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge wishes to do so.
Bob Blizzard: I think I made a comment in the note that I sent you, Sir Nicholas.
Bob Blizzard: On a point of order, Mr. Cook. [Interruption.]
Bob Blizzard: Do not give way on that.
Bob Blizzard: Further to that point of order, Sir Nicholas. Forty-five minutes was offered, not 45 minutes “at least”.
Bob Blizzard: By maintaining their places, Opposition members enable Government members to be carrying out other duties in the corridor. Those members will return to Committee in due course.
Bob Blizzard: As my right hon. Friend will know, local authorities were first granted powers to retain receipts from fines by the Local Government Act 2003. Is she disappointed that, more than a year later, so many authorities have not taken up those powers? According to information from her Department, only 76 of 359 authorities have exercised them. Has she a message for those authorities?
Bob Blizzard: May I try to spell out the issue to the hon. Gentleman even more clearly? Conservative-controlled Waveney district council would definitely have been at the bottom of that league, up until about a year ago. It is not at the bottom now, but what made the difference was the £400,000 grant given by my right hon. Friend's Department specifically for a recycling scheme. That money was not part of...