Mr Henry Hynd: That is not a point of order.
Mr Henry Hynd: This and the next Amendment, in page 16, line 16, may be taken together.
Mr Henry Hynd: I think it would be convenient also to take with this Amendment the next four Government Amendments.
Mr Henry Hynd: Yes.
Mr Henry Hynd: asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made in standardising road signs with those of other European countries.
Mr Henry Hynd: I wonder how far Continental people would adopt our system. In view of the increasing number of people who are taking cars across the Channel in both directions, is it not desirable that a decision should be reached as soon as possible?
Mr Henry Hynd: Is it the wish of the Committee that the Amendment be withdrawn?
Mr Henry Hynd: I am afraid that the hon. Member cannot use this particular moment to make a speech which he would have made if his Amendment had been accepted. He must speak about Profits Tax in general.
Mr Henry Hynd: I am sorry, but the hon. Member is speaking specifically about the shipping industry. His Amendment on that point was not selected and we are now discussing whether the Clause should stand part of the Bill.
Mr Henry Hynd: That is just what cannot be allowed at this stage. I am sorry.
Mr Henry Hynd: In debates on the Finance Bill it is usual for the Government to have something up their sleeve—to give some concession. I am hoping that this is the sort of thing over which the Government will give way. It is a fairly obvious concession which could be made along the lines indicated by my hon. Friend the Member for East Ham, North (Mr. Prentice). In previous discussions on this subject it...
Mr Henry Hynd: I must press the Chancellor a little further on this. The Financial Secretary has admitted that the Amendment is justified, in principle. The Clause says: Provided that different rates of surcharge may be prescribed for different descriptions of persons, and if it is so prescribed surcharges shall not be payable in respect of a prescribed description of persons. Having admitted the principle,...
Mr Henry Hynd: I represent Accrington.
Mr Henry Hynd: Is it not worth while reconsidering this charge, which is made at a very awkward time and is very much resented?
Mr Henry Hynd: I wish that the hon. Member would come to the Amendment now.
Mr Henry Hynd: I really must ask the hon. Member to reach the Amendment.
Mr Henry Hynd: I am sorry that I did not hear the beginning of this discussion. Since coming into the Chamber, I have been a little alarmed to hear that the Government agree with this proposal, at any rate, in principle. My hesitation in accepting this proposal is based on my fairly long experience as a magistrate. I have always been a little alarmed about the abuse of what are called occasional licences. I...
Mr Henry Hynd: They have an organisation.
Mr Henry Hynd: It is unfortunate that my hon. Friends have introduced the question of political showmen, especially in the absence of the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Nabarro). I have become more and more puzzled at the arguments used on these Amendments. On the one hand, we are told that the farmers will be all right because they will be reimbursed in the Annual Price Review. Then the hon. Member...
Mr Henry Hynd: Order. I know that some of the discussion has been along the lines now being pursued by the hon. Member, but the Amendment is to limit the duration of the proposed tax for one year. It is, therefore, not in order to discuss the principle of the tax. That should be done on the Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill".