Schedule 29 - Gains and losses of a company from intangible fixed assets

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 13th June 2002.

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Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Conservative, Arundel and South Downs 10:15 am, 13th June 2002

Although the area is very technical, the debate has usefully aired it. I repeat that, overall, the measures are welcome. I remain uncomfortable that some businesses may suffer as a result of what is intended to be, and is accepted as, a positive measure. Our amendment will not be accepted and is not sufficiently material to put to a vote, but I hope that the Government will examine the matter further to find out whether there might be any significant wobbly areas. Nobody would want changes to our tax system to have a material and effectively retrospective impact on previous decisions. That point is different from the one that I made yesterday about retrospective measures. If a business has done a major deal based on current tax rules, there is an expectation in our traditions that it will get grandfathered. That principle should therefore be followed as far as possible. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.