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Mr. Duncan: Further to that point of order, Mr. Cook. May I associate myself with what the Minister said and thank you and Mr. Gale for chairing our proceedings so efficiently? I also thank the Clerks and the Official Reporters. I, too, have behind me a talented and informed team of colleagues in their infinite variety. I hope that, in the limited time available, we have done our duty in trying to make good law.

Mr. Carmichael: Further to that point of order, Mr. Cook. I want to associate myself and my hon. Friend the Member for Gordon with the comments of the Minister and the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton, particularly concerning the various Officers of the House who have worked so hard to make our deliberations so efficient and speedy. I also thank you, Mr. Cook, and Mr. Gale. It has been apparent to a number of us this afternoon that you have not been without personal discomfort and the fact that you have been prepared to endure that for the smooth running of the House is much appreciated.

Mr. Chope: Further to that point of order, Mr. Cook. I would like to associate myself with all the comments that have been made and the thanks that have been expressed. I particularly want to thank you, Mr. Cook, and Mr. Gale, and to remind the Committee that it was you who fearlessly opposed the law on handguns in the teeth of joint Front Bench support for that legislation. It is already apparent that you were right.

The Chairman: Order. That concludes the business of this Committee.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose at nine minutes past Five o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:

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Cook, Mr. Frank (Chairman)
Abbott, Ms
Bercow, Mr.
Borrow, Mr.
Bryant, Chris
Carmichael, Mr.
Chope, Mr.
Donaldson, Mr.
Duncan, Mr. Alan

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Eagle, Angela
Love, Mr.
McGuire, Mrs.
McKechin, Ann
Selous, Andrew
Simon, Mr.
Smith, Jacqui
Stewart, Mr. David
Watson, Mr.

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