Clause 81 - Emergency vehicles

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 18th May 2004.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Conservative, Grantham and Stamford

I cannot deliver the same strictures on this clause as I did on the previous one, because it is quite a simple clause and takes up less than a page of legislation. The Government can be commended for that. I think that the main purpose is very sensible. It is that, where employees are required to be on call because they work in the emergency services, no private use issue should arise. That seems to be eminently sensible. I do not think that any of us would think that emergency vehicles were suitable for general private leisure use. I am certainly not arguing that.

As in the last clause, there is a rather steep threshold, and if one should find oneself, inadvertently or otherwise, going over the threshold into private use, one would have to pay a large amount of money. However, I do not think that there is any serious objection to the clause. I think that it is a useful reform.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 81 ordered to stand part of the Bill.