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Financial Statement And Budget Report

Volume 620: debated on Wednesday 20 December 2000

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7.57 p.m.

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Moved, That this House takes note with approval of the Government's assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01 and the Pre-Budget Report 2000 for the purposes of Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.—( Lord McIntosh of Haringey.)

My Lords, in accepting this Motion on behalf of the Opposition, I should like to make it clear to the House that we are not approving the contents of the assessment.

My Lords, I wish to make it entirely clear that the wording used in the Motion does not imply approval of the content; it merely implies approval of the selection of documents which will be used for the purposes of Section 5.

My Lords, I am much obliged to the Minister for that response.

On Question, Motion agreed to.