Mr George Stevenson: The question on the amendment will be put when the debate has concluded. The schedules and new clauses will be dealt with formally, so if there is to be any debate on the new clauses, it should take place when the new clause is called. I am simply saying what the amendment or new clause covers. If the letter from which the hon. Gentleman wishes to quote is relevant, he may refer to it.
Mr George Stevenson: I hope that that is helpful.
Mr George Stevenson: Order. I am reluctant to interrupt, but we are anxious to make progress and I must ask for the hon. Gentleman's help. We are debating amendment No. 4. The issues raised by clause 5 will be debated during a stand part debate on that clause. I hope that that is helpful.
Mr George Stevenson: Perhaps I should repeat what I said. I do not want to go out of the Committee any more confused than I was when I came in. We are debating amendment No. 4 and new clause 7. Amendment No. 4 is the subject of debate and new clause 7 will be put formally later. We shall have a clause stand part debate on clause 5 at a later stage, so the hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to discuss it, but...
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment No. 7, in clause 5, page 4, line 3, leave out 'does not extend' and insert 'extends'. New clause 6—Channel Islands— '(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council direct that any provision of this Act or any instrument made under or by virtue of it shall extend, with such modifications (if any) as may be specified in the...
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 4—Purported contracts, deeds and obligations— '(1) After section 29 of the 1965 Act insert— ''29A Purported contracts, deeds and obligations (1) A contract which purports to be made by or on behalf of a registered society at a time when the society has not been registered under this Act has effect, subject to any agreement to the...
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss New clause 7—Commencement— No. NC7, to move the following Clause:— '(1) The preceding provisions of this Act shall come into force on such day as the Treasury may by order appoint, and different days may be so appointed for different purposes. (2) An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument and may contain such...
Mr George Stevenson: Order. I am more than happy to accept that, but I am looking at the amendment and the new clause. The amendment deals with the period of expiration and the new clause deals with the Act coming into force and transitional provisions. Provided that the hon. Gentleman quotes the letter in that context, we shall be okay.
Mr George Stevenson: Order. I am a little concerned that the hon. Gentleman is prejudging what might become legislation and is starting on that basis. I am sure that he will take that into account.
Mr George Stevenson: Order. There might well be a Treasury Bill, but that is not what is before us today. We need to return to the clause and the new clause.
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 1—Community Benefit Societies: power to restrict use of assets— '(1) The Treasury may by regulations make provision for enabling any community benefit society, or any community benefit society of a prescribed kind, to ensure that— (a) assets of the society of a prescribed kind, (b) assets of the society specified by it in...
Mr George Stevenson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what resources for housing investment have been allocated to Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1990–91.
Mr George Stevenson: Will my hon. Friend comment on the enormous benefit of the Pathfinder project to areas in the midlands such as Stoke-on-Trent, where it provides more low-cost housing, regenerates housing stock and brings a sense of development to the housing market in north Staffordshire?
Mr George Stevenson: Is my right hon. Friend aware that she has the full support of Labour Members for the increases that will take place in April to ensure that we have a properly funded national health service that is financed through taxation? I remind her that, in my constituency, expenditure on the health service has more than doubled in the past five years. We will get a new hospital, and the primary care...
Mr George Stevenson: Let us get on with the debate.
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 355, in clause 51, page 19, line 39, at end insert ', or on the expiry of a period of 12 months starting on the date the application was received by the registrar, whichever is the sooner.'.
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment No. 358, in clause 50, page 19, line 24, leave out 'and' and insert 'to'. Amendment No. 357, in clause 50, page 19, line 24, after 'under', insert 'section 7 or'.
Mr George Stevenson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 363, in clause 45, page 18, line 21, leave out 'or', and insert 'at the time of the commission of an offence, and'.
Mr George Stevenson: Order. My difficulty with that is that we are talking about new clauses 11 and 12.
Mr George Stevenson: Order. I will advise the Committee what we have on offer; new clauses 11 and 12.