New Clause 1 — Transfer of personal allowances between spouses

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 2nd July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury) 8:00 pm, 2nd July 2013

I will be very brief. I want first to pay tribute to Tim Loughton. I have to hand it to him: he has got the Government jumping around and on the run on this issue. However, I am afraid that the Opposition are not convinced that the millions of people who are separated, divorced, or indeed widowed, would benefit from this policy, let alone those married couples where both partners work. I am all in favour of marriage, and Mrs Leslie might at first glance like the idea of the £150 give-away, but because she works and earns above the personal allowance, it would not be of benefit in our circumstances.