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Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: The hon. Lady made a relevant point in the previous debate that I did not mention at the time. Some of the things that we had to deal with early in the last but one Parliament involved multinational tax arrangements that were put in place under the previous Labour Government. We did our best to get at least some money from those multinationals. It was not enough, but we did at least move...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: I will deal with the amendments and some of the issues introduced by the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd). Let me cover first the jobs position. The only criticism I have of my hon. and learned Friend the Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Lucy Frazer), who raised this matter, is that, of course, jobs are created not by the Government but by businesses operating under the conditions...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: I completely agree, but the hon. Gentleman misquotes me. I did not say that Government have no role. I said that Government do not create the jobs, but I explicitly said that Government create the conditions within which businesses operate and can create jobs. He is absolutely right about that, and I do not necessarily demur from what he said. The euro and the straitjacket of monetary policy...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: I have not got any idea. I was not Chief Whip between 2010 and 2014. Individual taxpayer matters are for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and Ministers do not get involved in individual taxpayer decisions. As the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and several other hon. Members have pointed out, we have reduced the scope for businesses to avoid and evade paying taxes. We have closed...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend is right. We hear a lot from the Opposition about clamping down on evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, and I give them credit for talking about it a lot. Unfortunately, they did not do anything about it when they were in government. The Minister and this Government talk about it a little bit, but we spend most of our time dealing with it and collecting the money, which is...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: There are a couple of things in what the hon. Lady says. She is absolutely right that we need to do more to ensure that multinational companies pay tax in the appropriate jurisdiction, but we cannot do that unilaterally. We have to work with other countries, because we need international agreement on where a company’s profits are earned. The media sometimes does not understand this, but...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: No. First, it cannot just be done at European Union level—[Interruption.] No, we have to do it globally, because many of the companies involved are US companies. The base erosion—[Interruption.] I do not know why the Opposition Front-Bench team are laughing. The base erosion and profit sharing programme comes from the OECD.

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: I cannot take an intervention when I am still dealing with the first one. The base erosion and profit sharing programme is a global initiative, and we are leading on that work. As for the point of the hon. Member for Oxford East about the EU, if I remember rightly, the reason why the Government blocked the French-driven proposals for country-by-country reporting was that they were part of an...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: I agree with the hon. Gentleman about the concerns that those workers will be facing, but he knows perfectly well that the Government’s proposals in this Bill are designed to deal with abuse. He knows that there are no plans to change the rules in a way that would affect people on lower incomes who are not doing anything wrong, and the Minister made that clear on Second Reading. The...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: Presumably, my hon. Friend is asking the Government to say something only if the House votes for something that is counter to the Government’s existing policy. My argument was that the motion on the NHS was completely consistent with the Government’s policy, which is of course why the Government did not oppose it.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: That’s true.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Harper: Will the hon. Lady give way?


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