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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 3:15 pm on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe 3:15 pm, 23rd April 2013

I rise to support clause 2 and to oppose amendments 7 and 8. Clause 2 represents practical action to lower taxes on low-paid working people. Lifting low-paid working people out of tax is a far more practical, far simpler and far more effective idea than introducing a 10p rate, as the other lot did, at a lower income level. I regret that amendment 9 was not been selected for debate, although that would not represent practical action, because it would simply ask the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer to do the Opposition’s thinking for them.