HC Deb 17 July 1980 vol 988 cc1830-1
Mr. Peter Rees

I beg to move amendment No. 127, in page 48, line 39, after 'and' insert ', subject to subsection (2A) below,'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker

With this we may tale the following:

Government amendments Nos. 128 to 131.

Amendment No. 64 in schedule 12 page 130, line 19, leave out 'of that time' and insert 'of his becoming aware of that fact'. Government amendment No. 132.

Mr. Rees

Amendment No. 127 and the subsequent five amendments deal with the reporting requirements of those who might be involved in leasing operations. They are designed specifically in response to points made in Committee, especially those by my right hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Sir G. Page), in whose name stands amendment No. 64. I hope that the House and my right hon. Friend will feel that, through these amendments, we have done ample justice to the arguments adduced in Committee.

Sir Graham Page

Amendment No. 64 is well included within the Government amendments, which go much further and, if I may use the phrase, wrap up the matter nicely. I am grateful to my hon. and learned Friend.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made:

No. 128, in page 48, line 39, after 'shall', insert '(a)'.

No. 129, in page 48, line 42, leave out 'shall' and insert '(b)'.

No. 130, in page 48, line 44, at end insert— '(2A) If at the end of the three months mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above the person concerned does not know and cannot reasonably be expected to know that any item of machinery or plant in respect of which he is required to give a notice under that subsection has been used otherwise than for a qualifying purpose he shall in respect of that item give the notice within thirty days of his coming to know that it has been so used.'.—[Mr. Peter Rees.]

Sir Graham Page

I beg to move amendment No. 63, in page 49, line 9, after 'may', insert 'reasonably'.

I repeat the extremely powerful arguments that I used previously on similar amendments. On this occasion, I have no doubt that they will be accepted.

6.45 pm
Mr. Peter Rees

The arguments of my right hon. Friend are nearly always powerful. I hope that he will recognise that the arguments that I adduced against them in Committee were equally powerful. Rather than weary the House by repeating them, I propose to stand on them. I hope that he will recognise the close attention that the Government have paid to his arguments in this area, because it extends beyond the area of leasing. We have done our best to meet the legitimate points made by him on a variety of cases. I hope that he will recognise that the powerful counter arguments adduced in Committee have some merit. On that basis, I hope that he will be persuaded to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

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