Lord Watts

Labour Peer

VAT Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate at which Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged.

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Lord Watts almost always voted against increasing the rate of VAT

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

Key votes about increasing the rate of VAT:

  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Watts voted to reduce VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Housing Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — House Building — Bankers' Bonus Tax — VAT on Work on Homes Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Watts voted to cut VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Queens' Speech — Tax on Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — VAT Reduction — Make Investment Sooner Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Queens' Speech — Jobs — Banker's Bonus Tax — VAT Cut — Tax Incentive to Take on Workers — Sooner Infrastructure Investment Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Queens' Speech — Cost of Living — Public Transport Fares — VAT on Fuel Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Watts voted in favour of a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Bank Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — New Homes — VAT — Tax Incentives for Small Companies Employing More Workers Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Watts voted to start long-term investment projects sooner, to reduce VAT on home improvements and repairs, and to give a tax break to small companies employing new workers. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Lord Watts voted to introduce a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; to make investment sooner; to reducing VAT, and to introduce a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Lord Watts voted to create more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, to make planned investment sooner, to reduce VAT and for a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Watts voted to reduce the deficit over a longer period, to cut VAT to 17.5%, to repeat the 2010 bank bonus tax, to build 25,000 affordable homes and create 100,000 jobs for young people. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2010: Lord Watts voted to oppose the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Watts voted to exempt charities' charitable activities from the January 2011 increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20%. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Watts voted to delay the increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% by a year from 4 January 2011 to the 4 January 2012 if a report on the effects of the VAT rise had not been completed. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Watts was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Lord Watts voted to oppose the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2010: Lord Watts voted not to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2008: Lord Watts voted no on Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% Show vote

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