Loan Charge

Part of Brunei – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 4th April 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:57 pm, 4th April 2019

It is a real pleasure to follow Ross Thomson, who has so comprehensively put the case today. I congratulate him, other hon. Members and the Backbench Business Committee on allowing us to have this debate, which has clearly captured the attention of Members because it is very heavily subscribed, as Madam Deputy Speaker has observed.

As the hon. Gentleman said, this is about real people and real lives, not names on a spreadsheet. We should remain focused on that. I have serious concerns about the effect that the introduction of the loan charge is having on my constituents. Although my constituency cases are small in number, they are huge in impact. I am the first to say that people should pay their taxes and that tax avoidance is wrong and should be stopped, and I am grateful that HMRC and the Treasury are taking steps to address tax avoidance.