Clause 33

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Economic and Business), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, Economic Secretary (Economic and Business), HM Treasury 11:00 am, 9th June 2009

Our aim in the clause is to put depositors back in the situation that they would have been in, had the bank not defaulted. There is obviously a technical definition of compensation and how it applies. It is right to say that when the FSCS pays interest it is taxable, just as interest is. We are simply trying to bring people back to the circumstances that they would have been in. It is for the FSCS to determine the rules of its own compensation scheme and whether there should be a £50,000 limit or a higher one, as the hon. Gentleman understands.