National Insurance Contributions Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 4th November 2013.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 4:18 pm, 4th November 2013

Another observation one could make is that there are no Labour Members of Parliament here because they are—[Interruption.] I apologise. That remark is unfair and I withdraw it. There are the Labour Front Benchers and now three Back Benchers. Who knows? We might reach five or six by the end of the debate. Perhaps Labour Members have confidence in, and enthusiasm for, the Bill and can find nothing to criticise. However, we look forward to the speeches to come later. On that note, as Julie Hilling has waited so patiently, and as it is about time that we heard from a Labour Member, I give way to her.