Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 4:15 pm, 14th March 2017

My hon. Friend is making an interesting speech. The reason why we cannot have a flat-rate tax—this is not often mentioned by Labour Members—is that the top 2% pay a quarter of all income tax. It would therefore be impossible to move to a true flat-rate tax, but we could completely simplify the tax system, perhaps by having two rates. We could also try to merge capital taxes, and their terms and rates, much more into income tax. We could therefore start to get rid of the poverty and unemployment trap.