Finance (No. 2) Bill

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Julia Goldsworthy: Further to that point of order. Sir John. I shall keep my remarks short in case it degenerates into an Oscar-style ceremony of thank yous. I should like to add my thanks to you, Sir John, for chairing the sittings so skilfully. I also thank the other Chairmen, Mr. O’Hara and Mr. Benton. With so many Finance Bill virgins—I suppose one might put it that way—on the Committee, it must have been difficult to ensure that we all remained in order.
I would also like to thank the Paymaster General for her very kind words, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet on doing such a sterling job on her first time. I would also like to thank my colleagues and the professional bodies who made my life a lot easier during my first Finance Bill. It has been a baptism of fire, but I have enjoyed it, and I am sure that I shall many happy memories, once I am looking back at it. I am sure that that will be the same for the remaining stages. Finally, I forgot to thank the Clerks for all their help, because so much of the procedure was new, and their patience and guidance was much appreciated.
Stewart Hosie: May I, Sir John, thank you for your chairmanship, as well as that of Mr. O’Hara and Mr. Benton? This was my first Finance Bill Committee, and I have learned a great deal from it. I would like to be in a position to thank my hon. Friends for all their help and assistance, but such is the lot of a small party. I thank all the staff. Sadly, I fear that, like the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West, I am looking forward to next year already.
The Chairman: I will certainly report to Mr. O’Hara and Mr. Benton hon. Members’ thanks, and I am very grateful to them for those kind words. It has been an excellent Committee, which has conducted its proceedings with courtesy and extraordinarily good humour—at times, a little ribald for the Chair, but there we are. With my usual masochism, I have to say that I have enjoyed it greatly.
Bill (except clauses 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106, schedule 14 and new clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Act 1984), as amended, to be reported.
Committee rose at two minutes to Six o’clock.
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