Committee (4th Day)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 4:30 pm, 15th March 2012

Actually, I am not a tax expert. I think that my noble friend is taking us down a diversion, because Members of the House of Lords are not paid, they are reimbursed for their expenses. It is not a taxable benefit. My beef with the Bill is that it singles out elected Members for particular, special tax treatment. It does not really matter whether it is to their advantage of disadvantage. I was not raising a general point about the taxation of travel by Members of Parliament or Members of the House of Lords.