David Laws (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Work & Pensions; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat)
I agree with those comments: it is high time that the Minister responded clearly to the ombudsman's report. After all, the contents of that report were no great surprise to anybody who had been closely involved in the tax credit system over the past year. Assuming that the Paymaster General has been taking a close interest in that vital issue, I cannot believe that a single recommendation by the ombudsman will have come as a great surprise to her.
Several hon. Members have already put on record some of the problems with the tax credit system.