Clause 5

Part of National Insurance Contributions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 5:30 pm, 7th December 2010

As my hon. Friend the Member for Watford pointed out, we have to look at this in the round. There are various policies that advantage charities, and rightly so. The policy under discussion is aimed specifically at private sector employers. The circumstances involved will be very limited. I am saying not that it will never happen, but that we would see direct competition between the two in pretty limited circumstances. Even then, there is a host of other things that we do for charities that we do not do for private sector businesses. Consequently, although I appreciate the nature and the intention behind the amendment, I urge the hon. Gentleman to withdraw it because it is not consistent with what we are trying to do in the Bill.