Schedule 12 - Tax relief for expenditure on research and development

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 21st May 2002.

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Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Conservative, Arundel and South Downs 6:15 pm, 21st May 2002

The Paymaster General has not answered the key question that lay behind the input that we perceived, which is about how much take-up there has been from provisions of the 2000 Act. We have been advised that many SMEs have found the arrangements too complex to bother with. The crude thinking was that, on the basis of the large company schemes being much simpler although not as good, it would be better for SMEs to take them up. Have the 2000 Act provisions been taken up?