Clause 98 - Power to make temporary modifications of taxation of employment income

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 11 January 2022.

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Photo of James Murray James Murray Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury) 10:15, 11 January 2022

For the avoidance of doubt, I would like to clarify the point I raised with the Minister earlier. I was not seeking to ask the Government to be entirely prescriptive about what an emergency or disaster is; I merely asked them to publish a clear and transparent framework for establishing what constitutes “emergency”, “disaster” and “temporary”. If the Minister is saying that the Government will refuse to publish a clear and transparent framework for establishing the meaning of those words, will she confirm that it will remain at the sole discretion of the Treasury, based on unpublished guidance or frameworks, as to what constitutes “emergency”, “disaster” and “temporary”?