Clause 5

Part of National Insurance Contributions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Conservative, Watford 5:15 pm, 7th December 2010

I am tempted to say ceteris paribus, but all other things being equal and in an ideal world the hon. Gentleman would be right. Unfortunately, it is not an ideal world, and all institutions have to make choices. There are plenty of advantages to being a charity. I hope that there will be more in the future, and I am sure that the Government are looking at that. The national insurance holiday is specifically targeted at individuals setting up small businesses, and no one has ever set up a charity with the same motives for setting up a business. The thought process is not about labour costs at the beginning being lower: it is about the good cause.