Clause 5

Part of National Insurance Contributions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 7th December 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury) 4:45 pm, 7th December 2010

I am listening carefully to the Minister, but I am not sure that I agree with him. He implies that charities are not part of the enterprise sector of the economy. I am sure that he did not mean to say that; and I am sure that he, like me, believes that charities can be enterprising, too. Has he given any consideration to other parts of government—whether it be the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office or elsewhere—which are encouraging charities, social enterprises and other new not-for-profit enterprises to come forward and take on various public sector activities? Those may well involve new start-ups, and yet, for some reason of which I am not clear, they are excluded from the definitions that might entitle them to the national insurance holiday.