(Except clauses 4, 19, 23, 26 to 29, 87 to 92, 131 and 134 and schedules 1, 5 and 38) - Clause 132 - Mandatory e-filing

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 25th June 2002.

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Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Labour, Glasgow Cathcart 5:15 pm, 25th June 2002

I am grateful, in a way, to my hon. Friend and I am sure that in his own world that is quite relevant.

The Government must be careful. I have some reservations about the specific wording of the amendment. Although the amendment and its wording were specifically used to excuse members of the Brethren from jury duty, I have some concerns that if the wording is used in a Finance Bill—although intended as an exception—it could turn into a loophole that may be exploited by some who are more cynical and less principled than the Brethren.