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Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of John Cryer John Cryer Labour, Leyton and Wanstead 2:45 pm, 23rd April 2013

Like my hon. Friend, I wonder why nobody on the Government Benches is prepared to stand up and make a speech, rather than an intervention, to set out a critique of why there should not be a review. I know what happens in Government parties: the Whip tells hon. Members to just stay there and shut up. When we were in government, I took no notice of the Whip and spoke in every Committee I was on. To be honest, I did not take a lot of notice of the Whips in general when Labour was in government, as some hon. Members know. Why do Government Members not show a bit of backbone, stand up and defend the Government’s position?