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 Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 6:45, 22 January 2002

We want to remove clause 14(2) from the scope of clause 30. Clause 14(2) relates to situations in which no public money is paid. It is a preliminary stage. The clause states:

''the Board must decide . . . whether to make an award . . . and . . . if so'',

how much that should be. However, before the board decides, it asks for information. If the person who makes the claim fails to provide that information and the claim does not proceed with any public money payable, I cannot think of circumstances in which we would want clause 30 to apply to clause 14(2). No public money would be handed over unless information were supplied. If it is not handed over, why do we want to penalise people for not supplying the information?

I am grateful for the Minister's reassurance that only the commissioners will impose the penalty. On the assumption that they would not want to use the power, although it is in the Bill, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 30 ordered to stand part of the Bill.