A year ago, the main corporation rate for this year was set at 30 per cent. As I understand it, corporation tax bands are not changed, which in a sense means that the value is eroded with inflation. Does the Minister know whether the Government intend not to make any changes to corporation tax bands in future?
Much as I am tempted to make announcements for the Chancellor for future years, I shall not do so. However, the answer to the hon. Gentleman's question about whether we keep the competitive rate of corporation tax under review is yes. The Chancellor always seeks—in setting the headline rate on corporation tax, or the various allowances and interactions in the tax system—to ensure that our corporate tax system is highly competitive as it is and still one of the lowest in Europe. Our competitive advantage remains.