Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Nick Palmer Nick Palmer Labour, Broxtowe 4:46 pm, 30th April 2002

Let us consider an example. In one of their amendments, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Members on the Committee lay great emphasis on the alleged sophistry of having a ceiling on the standard rate of national insurance, because, they say, there is a 1 per cent. extra charge on higher incomes. That is the kind of piffling sophistry—I use the word that Opposition Members used—that so irritates people outside Westminster.