Clause 4 — English apprenticeships: funding arrangements

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 14th May 2014.

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Amendments made: 6, page 2, line 26, leave out from ‘of’ to end of line 28 and insert

‘apprenticeship payments.

( ) “Apprenticeship payments” are payments that may be made by the Secretary of State to any person—

(a) for the purpose of encouraging the provision of opportunities for individuals to complete approved English apprenticeships or to undertake work following the completion of such apprenticeships, or

(b) otherwise in connection with approved English apprenticeships.’.

This amendment is to ensure that the Secretary of State may make arrangements with HMRC for HMRC to administer payments that may be made by the Secretary of State to any person in connection with approved English apprenticeships.

Amendment 7, page 2, line 28, at end insert—

‘( ) The arrangements that may be made under subsection (1) include arrangements under which the Commissioners are responsible for recovery where an apprenticeship payment is made but the whole or any part of it is (for whatever reason) recoverable by the Secretary of State.’.

This amendment clarifies, for the avoidance of doubt, that arrangements made under clause 4(1) may include responsibility for HMRC to recover any apprenticeship payments which are recovera

ble by the Secretary of State.

Amendment 8, page 2, line 33, leave out ‘employers’ and insert

‘persons of a description specified in the regulations’.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 6.

Amendment 9, page 2, line 38, leave out from ‘with’ to end of line 39 and insert ‘approved English apprenticeships’.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 6.

Amendment 74, page 2, line 39, at end insert—

‘( ) The regulations may, in particular, also provide that, where the Commissioners are responsible for recovering the whole or any part of an apprenticeship payment from a person of a description specified in the regulations, they may do so by deducting the amount from any payments that they would otherwise be required to make to that person and that are of a kind specified in the regulations.’.

This amendment ensures that, for the purposes of arrangements under clause 4(1), HMRC may make regulations to enable them to recover apprenticeship payments from persons, who will be described in the regulations, by making deductions from payments that HMRC would otherwise have to make.

Amendment 10, page 3, line 1, leave out subsections (5) to (8).

This amendment is consequential on amendment NC1.

Amendment 11, page 3, leave out lines 27 to 29.—(Tom Brake.)

This amendment is consequential on amendment NC1.