HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 c1059
Miss Melanie Johnson

I beg to move amendment No. 89, in page 186, line 19, at end insert— '(2) Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to any document which is, or is to be, signed in accordance with the law of Scotland.'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Michael Lord)

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 90, 246, 247, 162 to 164, 284, 287 to 295, 185 to 187, 321, 322, 356 to 370, 98, 323, 188 to 190, 301, 135, 136, 192, 193, 302, 194, 137, 191, 303, 138 and 139.

Miss Johnson

This is a big group of Government amendments, and I do not propose to speak to all of them. They are minor or consequential, and cover several different areas. I shall speak briefly to amendments Nos. 321, 322, 356, 357, 359, 360 to 369 and 370.

I place on record our thanks to the City of London Law Society for its help and support in developing these exemption provisions. This is a very technical and specialised area, and, on behalf of the Department and the Government, I thank members of the society for giving so generously of their time and expertise in meeting officials and commenting on the drafting of the clauses. The amendments clarify and bring greater certainty to the exemption provisions. I shall be happy to answer any questions that hon. Members may have on the other amendments. I commend the amendment to the House.

Amendment agreed to.

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