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(Except clauses 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 20 and 92) - Clause 56

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 11:15 am, 16th June 2009

My hon. Friend makes a very important point to which I hope the Minister will respond.

I was just about to refer to clause 56(1)(c) which reads:

Article 14, 15 or 17 (pensions for old-age, incapacity and survivors)”.

Can I move straight on from there to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for regulatory reform, enterprise and science, First Secretary and Lord President of the Council—and deputy Prime Minister—the noble Lord Mandelson? He was a commissioner. What was his tax position? Was he being taxed in this country or was he paying some sort of Community tax? Is it something new? Has there been a loss to the Exchequer or has the poor Lord Mandelson actually been paying tax twice? Will there be some sort of retrospective relief for commissioners? I assume that the commissioner is regarded as ordinarily resident in this country.

Lord Mandelson is a high-profile case, but there must be many other people who were caught in this position. It is important to know whether they were paying UK tax, both UK tax and EU tax, or only EU tax. People will want to know that information.

Clause 56 is right in principle, in that it saves British citizens from paying tax twice, but it has opened up a can of worms. Therefore, I hope that the Minister will be able either to answer now all the questions that have been raised or, if that is not possible, to write to the Committee with that information.