Results 121–140 of 447 for speaker:Abena Oppong-Asare

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 103 - Rates of air passenger duty from 1 April 2022 (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: As the Minister said, the clause will increase, from April 2022, the rates of long-haul air passenger duty in line with inflation while leaving the short-haul duty at its current rate. As we all know, the aviation sector has struggled enormously during the pandemic, as international travel has in effect shut down. The industry is important to the UK economy and supports 250,000 jobs across...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 104 - Amounts of gross gaming yield charged to gaming duty (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clause 104 increases the bands for gaming duty in line with inflation, in effect freezing gaming duties for casinos. It is a relatively small measure, but clearly the taxation and regulation of gambling is extremely important. The Minister will know that hon. Members across the House have taken a keen interest in the issue. Will she therefore update us on the Treasury’s plans for gambling...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 98 - Restriction of use of rebated diesel and biofuels (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Dame Angela. I thank the Minister for her explanation of clause 98, which restricts the entitlement to use red diesel and related biodiesel for most sectors from April 2022. We support the Government’s intention behind the measure, which was first announced in the 2020 Budget. There is a clear need to ensure that fuel duty rebates are as...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 99 - Rates of tobacco products duty (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: As the Minister said, this clause incorporates the legislation on changes in tobacco duty that the Government introduced in the Tobacco Products Duty (Alteration of Rates) Order 2020. I spoke during the debate on that order, so I will not repeat the points that I made then. However, I do have a few questions for the Minister. First, why did the Government not raise the tobacco duty at Budget...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 100 - Rates for light passenger of light goods vehicles, motorcycles etc (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I will briefly respond to each clause in the group. Clause 100 would increase the rate of vehicle excise duty for a variety of vehicles, as mentioned by the Minister. We support the Government’s general approach to incentivise the use of greener and more environmentally friendly vehicles. We do, however, believe that we need to see more action from the Government on increasing the...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 100 - Rates for light passenger of light goods vehicles, motorcycles etc (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: I thank the Minister for her comments. I want to go back to the point I raised about the haulage firms and the Brexit deal. I am concerned about how the Minister mentions that Brexit concerns are not a matter for the Treasury, because they are, particularly as clause 102 extends the suspension of the HGV road user levy for a further year. The Government need to look at the impact of that on...

Treasury: UK Steel: Government Infrastructure Projects (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Jobs in the steel industry are crucial to the people of Hartlepool. In June, the first instalment of the EU research fund for coal and steel will be returned to the UK. Are the Government planning to ring fence that money to support the decarbonising and modernising of the industry, given the vital importance of protecting steel jobs for the future?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Coronavirus: Monuments (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to establish a permenant memorial to people who have lost their lives as a result of covid-19.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Coronavirus: Monuments (27 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Prime Minister, whether he plans to visit the covid memorial wall.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 82 - Minor and consequential amendments (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: It is good to have reached the end of the plastic packaging tax clauses. I will speak briefly to our two amendments. Amendment 22 would amend clause 84 to improve scrutiny by making all regulations subject to the affirmative procedure and to prevent use of the made affirmative procedure. Amendment 21 would require consultation on all regulations and require that, in exercising powers, regard...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 69 - Tax representatives of non-resident taxpayers (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clause 69 gives commissioners the power to make provisions requiring that every non-resident taxpayer appoint a person resident in the UK to act as a tax representative for the plastic packaging tax. The Chartered Institute of Taxation made a number of comments about the clause in its briefing. It would like future regulations to consider whether exceptions could apply—for example, if the...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 70 - Adjustment of contracts (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: The clause is a technical measure that provides for the adjustment of contracts in respect of the plastic packaging tax. We have no questions for the Minister on that.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 71 - Groups of Companies (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: The clause and schedule allow two or more corporate bodies to form a group for plastic packaging tax purposes, so they can report and account for the plastic packaging tax as a single body with joint and several liability. I just want to know whether the Minister had seen the submission from the Chartered Institute of Taxation on this issue. It points out that the requirement for a group...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 72 - Prevention of artificial separation of business activities: directions (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clauses 72 and 73 introduce measures to prevent avoidance of plastic packaging tax by artificially separating business activities. We welcome the measures to prevent avoidance of this tax.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 74 - Death, incapacity or insolvency of person carrying on a business: regulations (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clauses 74 and 75 make provisions for situations in which businesses are transferred. We welcome these sensible clauses, which I believe were suggested by the Chartered Institute of Taxation during an earlier consultation.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 76 - Isle of Man: import and export of chargeable plastic packaging components (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clause 76 relates to the import and export of plastic packaging in respect of the Isle of Man, as the Minister said. Once again, this seems like a sensible clause, and we have no questions for the Minister.

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 77 - Fraudulent evasion (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clauses 77 to 81 and schedule 14 outline offences and penalties attached to the PPT, including new criminal offences of being involved in the fraudulent evasion of the PPT or supplying false information with an intention to deceive, as the Minister mentioned. We have already discussed tax evasion at considerable length during the various stages of the Bill, so I shall simply say that we...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 59 - Notices imposing secondary or joint and several liability (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Clause 59 and schedule 9 make provision for secondary liability or joint and several liability, as mentioned by the Minister. We do support these measures to prevent the avoidance of this tax by companies, but concerns have been raised by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and others that additional administrative and financial burdens for businesses may arise out of this joint liability....

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No.2) Bill: Clause 60 - Measurement of weight etc (22 Apr 2021)

Abena Oppong-Asare: Again, these are largely technical clauses on the administration and enforcement of the plastic packaging tax. Most of the clauses give the commissioners the power to make regulations—for example, on how the weight of the packaging is to be determined and how records should be kept. My only point here—we have tabled amendments on this that we will come to later—is that we believe that...


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