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 would rather hear from the Minister.

I think that Mr Clarke was right when he called this policy social engineering. He said that when he joined the Conservative party it was opposed to it. The hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham seems to have got a commitment that something will be done in the autumn, and we will hear what that happens to be in a moment. In a nutshell, the Opposition’s view is that if there is to be a tax break, it should be for all families, not just a select few, and for all households on lower and middle incomes. That is where tax breaks ought to be focused. I want to hear what the Minister has to say.