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Point of Order

Volume 583: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2014

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In yesterday’s debate in this House on the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions suggested to the hon. Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) that she had said that

“‘all the changes that the Government has introduced’ in welfare reform would be reversed ‘and all benefits’…should be ‘universal’.”—[Official Report, 30 July 2014; Vol. 583, c. 648.]

The hon. Lady, to whom I have given a notice of this point of order, suggested that what the Secretary of State had read out was untrue and denied that she had said such things. Today, a recording of the hon. Lady saying those words has been published on the Guido Fawkes website. It therefore appears that she has misled the House, albeit, I am sure, inadvertently. I know the premium that you, Mr Speaker, put on Members’ being honest in what they say, particularly when they speak from either Dispatch Box. What can we do to ensure that the hon. Lady comes to this House, apologises to it and corrects the record?

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. I am bound to say that, for my part, I do not spend any time browsing on websites; it is not something with which I am in any way preoccupied—[Interruption.] It probably is very wise. Such matters are of no interest to me, but I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman and note his nocturnal habits in these matters.

The answer to the hon. Gentleman is that every Member must take responsibility for what he or she says in the House. Whereas there is a formal procedure for the Minister to correct the record by making another statement to the House, no such procedure exists for those who are not members of the Government; but it is open to Members, if they think they have erred or accept the suggestion by others that they have done so, to acknowledge error and to comment as they think fit. However, although I respect the hon. Gentleman and realise that he has put the point on the record, it is not a matter of order for the Chair.

FINANCE BILL: PROCEDURE (THEATRE TAX CREDITS)

Resolved,

That, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the practice of the House relating to the matters that may be included in Finance Bills, any Finance Bill of the present Session may contain provision for tax credits to be paid to production companies in respect of expenditure on activities in connection with theatrical productions.—(Mr Gauke.)

FINANCE BILL: WAYS AND MEANS (CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ETC.)

Resolved,

That provision may be made about the tax treatment of co-operative, community benefit and industrial and provident societies and credit unions.—(Mr Gauke.)

FINANCE BILL: WAYS AND MEANS (CORPORATION TAX TREATMENT OF OIL CONTRACTORS ETC.)

Resolved,

That provision may be made in relation to the corporation tax treatment of companies that:

(1) provide, operate or use an asset in, or in connection with, the carrying on of activities in connection with the exploration or exploitation of the sea bed and subsoil and their natural resources, or

(2) make, or are to make, payments in respect of an asset that is, or is to be, so provided, operated or used.—(John Penrose.)

FINANCE BILL: WAYS AND MEANS (ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT SCHEME)

Resolved,

That provision may be made amending Part 5 of the Income Tax Act 2007.—(John Penrose.)

FINANCE BILL: WAYS AND MEANS (STAMP DUTY LAND TAX) (EXERCISE OF COLLECTIVE RIGHTS BY TENANTS OF FLATS)

Resolved,

That:

(1) In section 74 of the Finance Act 2003 (exercise of collective rights by tenants of flats), in subsection (1A) for “£2,000,000”, in each place it occurs, there is substituted “£500,000”.

(2) The amendments made by this Resolution have effect in relation to any chargeable transaction of which the effective date is on or after 1 July 2014.

(3) But the amendments do not have effect in relation to a transaction:

(a) effected in pursuance of a contract entered into and substantially performed before 20 March 2014, or

(b) effected in pursuance of a contract entered into before that date and not excluded by paragraph (4).

(4) A transaction effected in pursuance of a contract entered into before 20 March 2014 is excluded by this paragraph if:

(a) there is any variation of the contract, or assignment (or assignation) of rights under the contract, on or after 20 March 2014,

(b) the transaction is effected in consequence of the exercise on or after that date of any option, right of pre-emption or similar right, or

(c) on or after that date there is an assignment (or assignation), subsale or other transaction relating to the whole or part of the subject-matter of the contract as a result of which a person other than the purchaser under the contract becomes entitled to call for a conveyance.

And it is declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968. —(John Penrose.)

FINANCE BILL: PROGRAMME (NO. 2)

Ordered,

That the following provisions shall apply to the Finance Bill for the purpose of supplementing the Order of 1 April 2014 in the last Session of Parliament (Finance (No. 2) Bill (Programme)):

(1) Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on the days shown in the following Table and in the order so shown.

(2) Each part of the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in relation to it in the second column of the Table.

Table

Proceedings

Time for conclusion of proceedings

First day (1 July 2014)

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to the subject matter of Clause 1; amendments to Clause 1

3.00pm

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to stamp duty land tax; amendments to Clauses 105 to 107 and Schedule 19

4.30pm

New Clauses and New Schedules relating to employee shareholder shares

6.00pm

New Clauses and New Schedules relating to tax arrangements that are abusive

7.30pm

Second day (2 July 2014)

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to pensions; amendments to Clauses 39 to 43; amendments to Schedules 4 and 5

2.00pm

New Clauses and new Schedules relating to the annual investment allowance; amendments to Clause 10 and Schedule 2

4.00pm

Remaining new Clauses and new Schedules standing in the name of a Minister of the Crown; amendments standing in the name of a Minister of the Crown; remaining proceedings on Consideration

6.00pm

(3) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 7.00pm on the second day.—(John Penrose.)