(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 5:30 pm on 25th June 2002.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 5:30 pm, 25th June 2002

I think that we have seen enough to know that this little clause is creating quite a problem. Issues of conscience have been aired in the debate this

afternoon, and issues of commercial security were aired this morning. Issues of competence, concerning some people's ability actually to use the system, have been aired, and I raised the issue of competition. We cannot simply give the measure a fair wind and say, ''Get on with it. We will draw it in only if a problem arises,'' because it needs constant scrutiny. A close eye must be kept on it.

I want to touch briefly on the issue of competition, which I raised this morning. It is not as though things never go wrong—