Clause 8 - Disclosure of Information By HMRC

Trade Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 20th July 2020.

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  • Division number 82
    A majority of MPs voted to empower the government to act to implement international trade agreements.

Amendments made: 6, page 5, line 21, leave out “the Secretary of State” and insert

“a Minister of the Crown”.

This amendment would allow HMRC to share information with Ministers of the Crown rather than just the Secretary of State. In practical terms, it would allow sharing with the Cabinet Office, which is not headed by a Secretary of State.

Amendment 7, page 5, line 21, leave out “Secretary of State’s” and insert “Minister’s”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 6.

Amendment 8, page 5, line 24, at end insert—

“(1A) Those functions include, among other things, functions relating to—

(a) the analysis of the flow of traffic, goods and services into and out of the United Kingdom;

(b) the analysis of the impact, or likely impact, of measures or practices relating to imports, exports, border security and transport on such flow;

(c) the design, implementation and operation of such measures or practices.”

This amendment would specify some Ministerial functions relating to trade—in particular those of the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Amendment 9, page 5, line 43, after “legislation” insert

“(save that the powers conferred by this section are to be taken into account in determining whether a disclosure contravenes that legislation)”.—(Greg Hands.)

This amendment seeks to clarify the interaction between the power to share information and the data protection legislation.

Question put (Order, 20 May), That the Bill be now read the Third time.

Division number 82 Trade Bill — Third Reading

A majority of MPs voted to empower the government to act to implement international trade agreements.

Aye: 334 MPs

No: 242 MPs

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Absent: 70 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 335, Noes 243.

Question accordingly agreed to.

Bill read the Third time and passed.

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