Clause 4 - Claims: supplementary

Part of Tax Credits Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 15th January 2002.

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Photo of Mr Howard Flight Mr Howard Flight Conservative, Arundel and South Downs 4:45 pm, 15th January 2002

I beg to move amendment No. 14, in page 3, line 28, leave out paragraph (h).

This is again a probing amendment. Why is the phrase

''treated . . . in such other circumstances as may be prescribed''

included? It appears to be a woolly, catch-all addition, which again widens scope for wasted administrative costs and fraud. As we have said, the rules should be clear and there should be a requirement to stick to them. In essence, why is the paragraph included?