Clause 73 — The bank levy

Part of Bill Presented — Police (detention and bail) bill – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 5th July 2011.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 6:00 pm, 5th July 2011

May I begin by entirely agreeing with what my hon. Friend Bill Esterson said about the amendment being wholly reasonable? It ought to command the support of Members on both sides of this Chamber. I hope that at least some Government Members will find it within themselves to support an amendment that will make a significant contribution to addressing the real challenges facing this country. My right hon. Friend Frank Dobson just referred to the eye-wateringly high bonuses that the City of London has enjoyed in what he described as an “austere” year. It is incredible to think that the City of London bankers’ bonuses amounted to £6 billion.