Clause 9 - GAAR to apply to national insurance contributions

Part of National Insurance Contributions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:45 pm ar 21 Tachwedd 2013.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Treasury) 2:45, 21 Tachwedd 2013

No, and I am grateful for the opportunity to clarify the position, but I believe that that impression is given to the public. The Minister knows that I am referring to the incident of a former member of the independent advisory panel on the GAAR who had to resign after he was caught at a tax planning conference advising people how to

“keep money out of the chancellor’s grubby mitts”.

That does not create a huge amount of confidence among the public about how the independent advisory panel and the GAAR might operate. I accept that the gentleman in question has resigned, but I hope that the Minister recognises that the policy must not only be effectively implemented, but send the right signals, and as signals go, that was a pretty bad one.