New Clause 8 — Report on the additional rate of income tax

Part of Finance Bill (Ways and Means) – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 1st July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour, Islwyn 5:00 pm, 1st July 2013

I was just wondering what the man at the kitchen table was watching. I apologise, Mr Deputy Speaker. All we hear is the same old debate and the same charge that it is all the Labour Government’s fault, so let me challenge Richard Fuller.

This Government have been in power since May 2010, but can the hon. Gentleman provide one example of a criminal case of financial fraud relating to the banking crisis? I challenge him to intervene on that point. Can he give me one example? No. There has not been one, yet this Government have had three years. It might be said that the Labour Government should have acted on the problem. We had 18 months from the banking crisis through to the general election, yet Government Members have had three years. It is now four and a half years since the financial crisis started, but there is still no criminal case.