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Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Peter Dowd: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship today, Ms Dorries. I thank the hon. Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) for initiating this important debate. We all recognise that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Most of us have a family member involved in a small business. They might work for or own a small business, or they might be a partner in a small business, so I would...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Peter Dowd: I am pleased that the Minister has brought that to my attention. I bring to his attention Labour’s tax enforcement programme, as well as our manifesto, “Funding Britain’s Future”, and our industrial strategy. I am sure that the Minister has read those avidly and will no doubt revisit them. SMEs find it increasingly difficult to operate around the tricky and...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Peter Dowd: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman reads the totality of the document, about the whole environment in which small businesses would operate. It is not a question of one element, but the total environment. That is the point I am trying to get across. It is not one specific thing, such as tax for small or large businesses, but the complete environment in which businesses must operate that we must...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Peter Dowd: Of course we have.

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Peter Dowd: The hon. Gentleman, from a sedentary position, asks for the answer. We are here for the Government to defend their record, not for a defence of what Labour’s record will be. [Interruption.] It is okay for Members to laugh, but the bottom line is that the economy is in chaos. Only yesterday the OECD effectively said that the Government should rethink their position on corporation tax....

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

Peter Dowd: The Government seem to have taken a scattergun rather than forensic approach to this matter, affecting everyone regardless of the circumstances. Time after time they go for easy targets. If they have no intention of revising thresholds downwards, what is the point? Why are they wasting the Committee’s time? The key point is whether people who have been made redundant should have further...

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

Peter Dowd: Was it not the hon. Gentleman’s party that voted against the minimum wage?

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

Peter Dowd: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in the light of the shake-up in these organisations and the dreadful stress that these people are under, introducing this clause at this time is completely inappropriate and heartless? The Government can bring it back another time if they wish.


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