Clause 66 - Vehicle excise duty: late renewal supplements

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:45 pm ar 30 Mehefin 2005.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 4:45, 30 Mehefin 2005

The question of the proceeds from the sale of personalised number plates is rather far removed from the provisions of the clause. If the AA Motoring Trust genuinely regards the number of untaxed, unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on our roads as a problem that needs to be tackled—I am sure that it does—it will support the clause's strengthening of the continuous registration scheme.

The hon. Gentleman asked me why the provision was needed so soon after the Finance Act 2002. I shall be frank with him: at the time, it appeared to us that the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 would enable DVLA officials to act for the Secretary of State in processing court action. We found that that was not the case. The clause is designed to rectify the matter, and I hope that it will receive the hon. Gentleman's support.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 66 ordered to stand part of the Bill.