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Clause 11 — Donations to charity by individuals

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 13th June 2005.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris Labour, Wolverhampton South West 4:45 pm, 13th June 2005

I agree with my hon. Friend Chris Bryant that there is a question of principle on amendment No. 1. There is also an issue of practicality. The amendment refers to

"an accompanying group of no more than twenty individuals".

The paying person produces a total of 21, but my understanding of proposed new section (5I) to the Finance Act 1990 is that all 21 people, of whatever age—they will often include children—would have the right of admission for a year.

That seems to contradict hon. Members who have argued that one year is too long. On one hand, it is said that one year is too long and people should not have free membership for a year, but we can apparently still pile in 20 people with what is effectively free membership, as it is being characterised, or certainly the right to free admission. Will Stephen Hammond explain that contradiction and tell us whether he supports amendment No. 35?