Clause 3 — Rate of value added tax

Part of Bill Presented — Shared Parenting Orders Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:15 pm on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 10:15 pm, 13th July 2010

As I have said, many of the particular items that disabled people need are zero rated, and that will remain so. I make no claim that everything that disabled people will need is zero rated, however, and I come back to the point I made in earlier debates: the fact is that we face a crisis in the public finances. I suspect that, when the previous Chancellor was looking at this and proposing an increase in VAT, he wrestled with exactly the same issues that we have.