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.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Treasury) 3:15, 21 Tachwedd 2013

I am grateful to the Minister for his comments and echo almost all his remarks. I have to say that it is somewhat disconcerting to start my career in the shadow Treasury team agreeing with quite so much of what he has to say. I look forward to being thoroughly disabused of that position soon.

In my first outing against the Minister, we considered a piece of delegated legislation that involved a huge amount from my previous role as shadow spokesperson on universities and science. He said, “It’s not always like this,” but he is having to say that to me again. I look forward to taking a different approach when we consider the Finance Bill.

I thank you, Mr Streeter, for your chairmanship of the Committee, and your help in guiding me through the procedure. I also want to put on record my thanks to Sir Alan for his chairmanship of the evidence sessions. I echo the Minister’s thanks to Hansard, the Clerks, police, officials, the Whips on both sides of the Committee and all Members who contributed to scrutinising the Bill. See it as an early Christmas present from me to everyone that we have finished so early.

I hope that the Minister will reciprocate. I remind him that I am a Muslim and our equivalent to Christmas is Eid, which is celebrated twice a year, so I hope he will be doubly generous at some appropriate moment and keep things to good time.