Call-off stock arrangements

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 10:00 am, 16th June 2020

I am grateful to hon. Members for their comments. The hon. Member for Glasgow Central regards it as an irony that the Government are bringing forward this rule. I would not describe it as an irony; it is a simplification for those companies that wish to use it, and it is optional. Some companies will prefer the current arrangements as more settled and simpler, while others may not—I do not think that there is anything more to it than that. So far, 200 companies have already taken it up; of course, we cannot say in advance how many may have chosen to do so by the end of the transition period, but it is a relatively small number of companies, as I have indicated.