Clause 30 - Failure to comply with requirements

Part of Tax Credits Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 22 January 2002.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) 6:45, 22 January 2002

I shall speak briefly to amendment No. 109, which concerns information that will be sought from employers under regulations in clause 24. Employers are in a different position because, unlike claimants who provide information in support of their claim for tax credits, they will receive no direct benefit. I do not wish to go over old ground again with the Minister and debate indirect benefits for employers. They face prospective penalties and may also face burdensome regulations. We make a plea to the Government to keep the burden of information that is asked of employers to a reasonable minimum. The Government are making substantial powers by regulation to require information of employers. I will not press the amendment, but I moved it in the spirit of keeping the burdens on employers to a minimum.