Clause 33 - Right to review of certain decisions

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 20th May 2003.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The clause requires the commissioners to review any decision that there has been a breach of a legal obligation when the relevant business or individual so requests. That is an important provision.

For contraventions not involving evasion, the commissioners may decide not to assess a penalty, but may inform the business or individual concerned that future performance will be formally monitored for a specified period. The clause gives the business or individual the right to challenge the commissioners' contention that a contravention has occurred and, therefore, to challenge the decision formally to monitor performance. The right to require reconsideration by the commissioners also applies to any demand notice issued in respect of any liability to penalties under clauses 25 and 26.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Paymaster General

I should put on the record that we are content with the Minister's explanation.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 33 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

I remind the Committee that I understand through the usual channels that it has been agreed that we should sit until around 7.30 pm. I suggest that I call a tea break at or about 5 pm, when a Division will take place. I hope that that is convenient. The Chair always seeks to be as helpful to the Committee as possible.

It being twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.