Clause 15 — Assignment of VAT

Part of Bills Presented — Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields) – in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 29th June 2015.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 8:15 pm, 29th June 2015

I understand what the Treasury Minister says about the number of requests received for exemptions from section 33, but this is not a new exemption. There is a net gain of many millions of pounds a year to the Treasury from this change. Therefore the net effect of changing it back would be zero. We are not asking for exemption from section 33 to be opened up to charities. That is a separate debate. This is a case where the Treasury is a net beneficiary. How does Scotland get that money back?