Clause 16 - Repeal of certain redundant reliefs relating to Class 4 contributions

Part of National Insurance Contributions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:15 pm ar 21 Tachwedd 2013.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 3:15, 21 Tachwedd 2013

May I take this opportunity, given that we have rapidly come to the end of scrutiny in Committee, to thank one or two people? I thank all hon. Members for their contributions over the day. I am used to making such a speech at the end of consideration in Committee of the Finance Bill, which tends to begin in April and proceed through May, with a break, and then into June. If we are unfortunate, it may well conclude in July, so to complete consideration in Committee in a single day is a novel experience, but not unwelcome.

Given that matters have not been contentious, I thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood for her appropriate and well-judged scrutiny. I do not need to warn her that it is not always quite like this. The Finance Bill Committee, which she will no doubt experience next summer, is much more of a slog. I am none the less grateful for her questions and interventions.

I thank the Whips—my hon. Friend the Member for Hastings and Rye on the Government side—for keeping everything in order, and my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield, who stood in as Parliamentary Private Secretary.

I thank you, Mr Streeter, for your calm chairing of proceedings. I do not believe that this has been one of the more difficult Committees to chair. I also thank Sir Alan for chairing the evidence sessions on Tuesday and the witnesses who gave evidence. I thank the Hansard writers and the Clerks. I thank the police for controlling the hordes of members of the public wanting to view proceedings, and the officials for the support that they have provided me.

The Bill is useful and will help to put in place an environment that is friendly for smaller businesses and good for increasing employment and wages. It also includes important measures regarding tax avoidance. It has been a great pleasure to consider the Bill, and a particular pleasure to have considered it so quickly. I look forward to consideration on Report, when we might be able to progress at a similar rate of knots.