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Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 346 - Abolition of the Office of Tax Simplification (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: There is clearly a difference between the accrued complexity across a particular tax from end to end, which can gather barnacles over time, and a ministerial decision on whether to opt explicitly for a bit more complexity to achieve fairness, which is not a design issue but a political choice. Surely the Office for Tax Simplification was good at looking at the former, while leaving decisions...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 346 - Abolition of the Office of Tax Simplification (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I agree about that and I am glad to hear that the Minister is making decisions on a host of issues, although politically we may not always have the same approach to them. She was talking about there being plenty of commentary on tax issues. There always is, but the point about the Office of Tax Simplification was that it was not doing it from a set stance. For example, one will get plenty of...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 346 - Abolition of the Office of Tax Simplification (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: New clause 1 is also part of this group. As a member of the Treasury Committee, which fairly collectively signed new clause 1, I will speak to the new clause, as well as to the Scottish National party amendment to clause 346. It came out of the blue that the Office of Tax Simplification was to be abolished as part of the mini-Budget—the catastrophic event last September that created the...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 330 - Designation of sites (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: The Minister would be very, very unpopular in my constituency if she referred to it as Liverpool. I represent the Wirral, which is over the river, where the Mersey ferry goes when it ferries across the Mersey. People can still listen to Gerry singing “Ferry Cross the Mersey” on the ferry as it goes from Liverpool to the Wirral. I appreciate her comments, but the people of the Wirral...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 330 - Designation of sites (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: There is an ongoing issue in this country, and in our economy, with investment and with the ability to ensure that we can remake our prosperity as a country and make our way in the 21st century as we did in previous centuries, thereby maintaining our position in the G7, perhaps, as the rise of other economic powers in other parts of the globe puts that under pressure. [Interruption.]...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 330 - Designation of sites (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I am glad that there are positive examples of investment, but what I am talking about is the macroeconomic levels, which demonstrate that we are not where we should be. Essentially, investment has “stalled”—that is the OBR’s word, not mine. That stalling is not disproved by individual examples of investment in particular places. I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman and all the...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 326 - Rates of landfill tax (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: This is a group of clauses on environmental taxes, and the Minister has taken us through some of the technical changes and some of the upratings that are required by law. There is a gap on the landfill tax, as my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing North pointed out from the Front Bench, which implies that people are avoiding it rather than paying it. What comfort can the Minister give us that...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 326 - Rates of landfill tax (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I am fascinated by the work of the joint unit for waste crime. I am slightly horrified that 2,500 illegal waste sites were closed. It is good that they are closed, but it is horrifying that there were so many of them to begin with. I wonder what estimates there are for how many remain. Could the Minister give us some information about what fines were levied and what prosecutions have been...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 321 - New bands and rates (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: Will the Minister tell us how clause 322(4), which devolves these issues to the Northern Ireland Assembly, will work, given that the Assembly is not sitting at the moment? Does it mean that this will be decided centrally at Westminster? What arrangements are made for that, since, if there was no change in these areas, in the absence of the Assembly sitting, there would be a divergence between...

Public Bill Committee: Finance No. 2 Bill: Clause 321 - New bands and rates (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I thank the Minister for undertaking to let us have that information, given the particular circumstances that prevail in Northern Ireland. Can he say a little bit about whether there is any progress with the aviation treaties? I know how difficult it is, but it is a complete anomaly that there is no taxation of aviation fuel simply because most flights pass through an international area,...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 320 - Flavour concentrates (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I wonder which sugary drinks the Minister is addicted to—perhaps she will tell us when we are not sitting in public. We are dealing here with a technical change to the successful sugar tax, if we can call it that. Again, when we are dealing with Ministers whose job is to get money into the Exchequer, it is strange to have to congratulate them for the declining level of soft drinks industry...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 319 - Rates of tobacco products duty (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: We are obviously dealing with a product that kills and, as the Minister said, cost the public purse £21 billion a year. That is why there is cross-party support for the tobacco duty escalator, which the Minister just outlined, explaining how it applies to current costs. It will increase the average price of a packet of cigarettes by 95p and the average price of a 30-gram packet of...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 315 - Dumping, subsidisation and safeguarding remedies (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: The clause seems quite mild, but it seems to have many implications for the policing of import duties; the prevention of widespread dumping or misuse of products on our markets, which could destroy establishing domestic industries; and the regulation of free trade agreements that we make around the world. Will the Minister give us some indication of how the Trade Remedies Authority changes...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 314 - Deposit schemes (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: Obviously, the VAT rules account for some of the most complex parts of the duties and excise that the Minister has to wrestle with on a day-to-day basis. When one talks to businesses of all sizes, often one of the biggest complaints is about the complexity of the VAT rules. Given how much revenue VAT brings in and how all-encompassing it is, perhaps that is not surprising, but I wonder...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 313 - Transactions funded with the assistance of a public subsidy (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. This is not the first time that I have been on a Committee with you in the Chair. Will the Minister give a view about how many extra homes this change to stamp duty land tax will enable local authorities to fund? Has any analysis been done? There will obviously be a positive effect, but how large will it be? Many Afghans are...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 313 - Transactions funded with the assistance of a public subsidy (18 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: Another question occurs to me: is the scheme only for Afghans and Ukrainians, or does it accommodate other homeless people who are fleeing conflict? It is clear that those who have fled Afghanistan and Ukraine are in a pretty unique position, with special schemes attached. Could the Minister put it on the record that the exemption may then also help others who are in a similar situation, but...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 82 - Approval requirement: producers (16 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: It is obviously important, when we get on to enforcement, that we are confident that HMRC is on top of this. The Minister was a bit coy about when these clauses will come into being, so perhaps he can explain that, given that they are quite important. They are about the fitness, rightness and properness of the characters out there producing alcohol, who must be properly registered by HMRC....

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 44 - Meaning of “alcoholic product” (16 May 2023)

Angela Eagle: I agree with the hon. Lady’s comments about the potential role of the Treasury Committee, although I am not the Chair—I am only one modest member. She might want to have a word with the current Chair to ask whether that is appropriate. We are clearly all interested and want the system to work effectively. We do not, however, want to see a sudden reduction in revenue, unless that is...


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