Clause 30 - Variation of order

Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:45 pm ar 27 Tachwedd 2001.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Amendment proposed: No. 29, in page 20, line 4, leave out from `(d)' to `he' in line 5.—[Mr. Carmichael.]

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I am looking at my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Scotland Office in his best bib and tucker, and at the clock, and I am wondering what kind of mess I will get myself into if I am not careful in responding to the amendment.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Ceidwadwyr, Cities of London and Westminster

Looking at the sartorial display on the Government Benches, will the Under-Secretary confirm whether it is the Law Society of Scotland dinner tonight?

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The hon. Gentleman must interrogate my hon. Friend the Minister of State about where he intends to go.

Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

If I may assist the Under-Secretary, I tabled the amendment because all the other time-limited provisions act against the interests of the defendant or non-state party. I see no reason why this should be one more.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to clause 31, before we discuss clause 30—

Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Ceidwadwyr, Spelthorne

On a point of order, Mr. McWilliam. I am conscious that in a matter of seconds that you will be putting several questions to the Committee, as you are required. I make it clear to the Committee that when you do so our silence will not be showing our approval of such matters. We have done our best to scrutinise provisions, and we reserve the right to return to them on another occasion.

Photo of Mr John McWilliam Mr John McWilliam Llafur, Blaydon

That is not a point of order.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

I was about to say that.

It being Seven o'clock, The Chairman proceeded, pursuant to Sessional Order D [30 October 2001] and the Order of the Committee [13 November 2001], to put forthwith the Question already proposed from the Chair.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 30 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 31 and 32 ordered to stand part of the Bill.