(Except clauses 11, 18, 40, 43, 44 and 69 and schedule 8)

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:15 am ar 30 Mehefin 2005.

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Photo of Frank Cook Frank Cook Llafur, Stockton North 9:15, 30 Mehefin 2005

In compliance with my opening remarks last week, which I was told were very precise, I am prepared to accept hon. Members divesting themselves of their upper and outer garments. However, having read the report in Hansard of what I said, I got the awful impression that I sounded as though I was making it compulsory. It is not. It is voluntary. Members can please themselves.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

On a point of order, Mr. Cook. I welcome you to the Chair this morning and thank you for your common-sense decision about the state of our clothing during the rest of our proceedings. I wish to correct the record of our sitting on Tuesday afternoon when we were discussing clause 41. The hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) asked me specifically about guidance on the single farm payment scheme. At the time, I inadvertently thought that the guidance had not been issued. In fact, it had been issued so it is only appropriate to place on the record the fact that it was issued on 24 June and can be found on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs website. I hope that that information is helpful to members of the Committee. In order to be even more helpful to the hon. Gentleman, I have brought a copy of the guidance for him so that he can read it in great detail.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Shadow Paymaster General

I thank the Minister for making the record unambiguous. The guidance is important and I am pleased that it is now in the public domain.

Photo of Frank Cook Frank Cook Llafur, Stockton North

That was a helpful and friendly way in which to start our proceedings. [Interruption.] I hope that that was not the sound of a pager. If it was, I hope that it is now switched to silent.

We were due to discuss amendment No. 104, but it seems that no hon. Member is ready to move it, so we shall move to the next amendment, which was scheduled for discussion at the same time. I want all hon. Members to realise that we are starting today's proceedings with amendment No. 105, with which it will be convenient to discuss amendment No. 106.