Motion made, and Question proposed,
That the following provisions shall apply to the Finance Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 16 April 2012 (Finance (No. 4) Bill (Programme)):
1. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on the days shown in the following Table and in the order so shown.
2. Each part of the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in relation to it in the second column of the Table.
Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses, Amendments to Clauses, new Schedules and Amendments to Schedules relating to fuel duties.
Amendments to Clauses 1 to 4 and new Clauses and new Schedules relating to income tax rates, rate limits and personal allowances
New Clauses, Amendments to Clauses, new Schedules and Amendments to Schedules relating to child benefit
New Clauses, Amendments to Clauses, new Schedules and Amendments to Schedules relating to value added tax.
New Clauses and new Schedules relating to the taxation of banks and employees of banks; remaining new Clauses and Amendments to Clauses; remaining new Schedules and Amendments to Schedules; remaining proceedings on Consideration
3. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 11.00 pm on the second day.—(Mr Gauke.)
I will speak very briefly because I am conscious of the time, but it would be remiss of me not to put on record the fact that we have some concerns about the lack of time available to discuss what is a very big Finance Bill. There are a number of serious issues that many Members will want to discuss during the course of this evening. Although we will not vote against the programme motion, I want it to be on the record that we regard this as an exceptional circumstance and we do not wish it to be seen as the way in which things will be automatically dealt with in future.
Let me briefly respond to the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cathy Jamieson). As hon. Members know, we have already scrutinised the Budget and the Finance Bill for eight weeks, including in Committee of the Whole House and in the Public Bill Committee, where our discussions were thorough and detailed. Indeed, the hon. Lady played a very large role in those discussions. Before that, in December 2011, the Government published over 400 pages of draft legislation and received about 450 comments on it. That demonstrates our commitment to improving the way in which policy is developed. In order to make progress with Government business in good time, we have agreed through the usual channels to programme this debate on Report. I commend the motion to the House.
Question put and agreed to.