Clause 25

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:30 pm on 26th October 2010.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Treasury) 7:30 pm, 26th October 2010

I beg to move amendment 19, in clause 25, page 18, line 25, at end insert ‘, subject to 12 weeks notice’.

This amendment is similar to the previous amendment. I picked 12 weeks as a random figure to test how much notice will be given to those whose daily lives will be substantially affected by the changes mentioned in the clause. There was no indication in the Bill as to when or how these changes could be brought forward. Subsection (2) states:

“That Schedule comes into force on such day as the Treasury may by order appoint.”

That is a very big power. The Treasury may by order appoint any day it so wishes. It could appoint a day by order with two weeks’ notice, four weeks’ notice, six months’ notice, 12 months’ notice or whatever it wished to do. I wanted to probe the type of notice the Treasury envisaged giving in relation to the changes that are proposed, if agreed by both Houses, under this clause.