Schedule 14

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th June 2009.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury) 12:00 pm, 9th June 2009

The areas that we are seeking to legislate on are obviously complex. The Financial Secretary has said that there are fall-backs that would allow distributions to be exempt in particular circumstances. It would have been helpful, where possible, to have drawn together on that. I do not understand why he objects to amendment 170; if a distribution is not designed to reduce tax, why is that not part of the clause? There is a danger that the dividing line that the Minister is seeking to draw between what should and should not be exempt will become quite complex.

The Financial Secretary is yet to give a robust explanation for why it is not appropriate, in relation to amendment 44 for example, to repeat the foreign affiliates rules in the existing CFC legislation, but we will not dwell on that. Part of the challenge with schedules 14 and 15 is that they have been heavily amended in the past few days, and I think that people need more time to think through some of the consequences. I am sure that that will be one of the themes that will emerge in later consideration. We are in danger of giving outside bodies insufficient time to think about the consequences of those changes and the knock-on effects. Having said that, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.