Schedule 9 - Repeals and revocations

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:30 pm ar 5 Chwefror 2002.

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Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office) 6:30, 5 Chwefror 2002

Goodness me. I would like the Committee to continue for another 39 sittings if the proceedings were to be carried on in this manner. It is clear that the hon. Gentleman will not press amendment No. 441 to a vote.

The other Government amendments repeal provisions that the Bill will make redundant. As this is the final sitting, while speaking to the amendments, I also wish to pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary. He has shouldered more than his fair share of the great burden of steering the Bill through the Committee. He has done a splendid job. I hope that that does not sound patronising, but I am a little older than him, and I have been a Member of Parliament for longer than him, so perhaps I am allowed to sound a bit patronising. I have sat on many Committees, and I have never witnessed a Minister pilot a Bill with such skill and good humour, and in such an efficient and effective way.