Value Added Tax Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:59 am on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury) 11:59 am, 8th February 2019

Let me finish my sentence. Such consultation should include how such a measure sits comfortably alongside other measures being taken by the Government—for example, through the Climate Change Act 2008. If I finish the next bit, just to wrap it all up, the hon. Gentleman may find that easier. I wonder how workable or sensible it is to propose exempting VAT from items already subject to excise duty, such as alcohol and tobacco, and whether this could be counterproductive as it could amount to two policy measures pulling in different directions, with excise duty increases to try to discourage consumption and a VAT exemption in effect reducing the price.