New Clause 4 - Employment allowance for national insurance contributions

National Insurance Contributions Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 6th September 2021.

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‘(1) In section 1(2)(a)(1) of the National Insurance Contributions Act 2014 (employment allowance for national insurance contributions), for “£4,000” substitute “£16,000”.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) will remain in force until 30 September 2023 and will then expire unless continued in force by an order under subsection (3).

(3) The Chancellor of the Exchequer may by order made by statutory instrument provide that the provisions which are in force will continue in force for a period not exceeding two years from the coming into operation of the order.

(4) No order will be made under subsection (3) unless a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of both Houses of Parliament.

(5) The Chancellor of the Exchequer must lay before Parliament a review of the effects of the provisions in subsection (1) on employment, the performance of small businesses and GDP growth no later than 30 September 2023.”—(Sarah Olney.)

This new clause would quadruple the employment allowance from £4,000 to £16,000 for two years. At the end of the period, the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be required to assess its effects and would be able to seek parliamentary approval for the policy to continue for up to a further two years.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

Division number 59 National Insurance Contributions Bill — New Clause 4 - Employment allowance for national insurance contributions

Aye: 15 MPs

No: 309 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 15, Noes 309.

Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

It is good to get the voting back to normal, isn’t it? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] We have missed it.