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Finance Bill debates

Alan Dolton reports

The House of Commons began considering the 2010 Finance Bill at 5.46pm on Wednesday 7 April. The Financial Secretary (Stephen Timms) proposed the Second Reading of the Bill stating:

    '… We are proceeding today on the basis of consent and to be helpful to Opposition Members I will not be moving the landline duty in clause 23 and schedule 2; clause 58 requiring financial securities from employers at serious risk of pay-as-you-earn or national insurance contributions not being paid; or clause 65 and schedule 21 on furnished holiday lettings. Those will all be in the second Finance Bill at the start of the new Parliament. I have also tabled amendments to clause 9 that will limit the increase in cider duty to 2 per cent above inflation with effect from 30 June this year. …' (Col 1058)

The debate which followed was...

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