Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Treasury) 3:45 pm, 25th March 2015

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We have been debating whether VAT will go up, but new clause 1 is pretty innocuous. It calls only for a review and an assessment of the impact the rise in VAT has had on living standards. If the Minister wanted us to believe what the Prime Minister said today in Prime Minister’s questions—that he is ruling out a rise in VAT—then what is the problem? Adopt the new clause, add it to the Bill and let us have the assessment. He would be able to show how VAT has had an impact and why the Conservatives are doing such a good job, if they are elected again, in not letting it go up.