Clause 131 — Indexed Rate Bands for 2003–04: PAYE Deductions Etc

Part of Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 14th May 2003.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham 1:30 pm, 14th May 2003

I support my hon. Friend, who has summed up the main point extremely well. The Government's action is arrogant, thoughtless and unhelpful to employers, who are under pressure to explain it to their employees. There is no need for an interest-free loan from taxpayers to the Government, given that they are proposing to raise vast amounts of taxation through the Bill and from existing legislation. I hope that the Paymaster General will apologise to the British people for the incompetence of her boss, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He may well have been preoccupied with his rows with the Prime Minister about the euro, but he has not even offered a statement to the House on that matter. As a result, we have had a delayed and bodged Budget, and we now have a forced loan from the British people to the Treasury. We deserve an apology.