Value Added Tax Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:15 pm on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary 12:15 pm, 8th February 2019

From the heart-warming and uplifting bravery of Finn and his fellow service dogs, to VAT—such is the unique ability of the Treasury to change the mood in the Chamber. I thank my hon. Friend Sir Christopher Chope for promoting this Bill and raising these issues, and all hon. Members across the House who have had the chance to contribute today. In my experience, my hon. Friend’s rather dim view of the bean-counting accountants at the Treasury is unfair to the excellent civil servants who work there. My office has a portrait of Nigel Lawson on the wall. He was one of the great Chancellors who understood the dynamic effect of simpler and lower taxes.