Amendments proposed to the Tax Credits Bill - continued House of Commons

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Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

76

Schedule     3,     page     46,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '28A   In sections 150 and 152 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, replace at all places where they appear references to the "Secretary of State" with "Secretary of State or Treasury", and in section 150(1) of the same Act after sub-paragraph (k) but before the words "in order to determine" insert a sub-paragraph (l)—

      "(l) arising under the Tax Credits Act 2002 (or regulations made thereunder),".'.

   

Dawn Primarolo

93

Schedule     3,     page     46,     line     43,     after 'of' insert 'Part 1 of'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 1

Offence of repeated incorrect statement

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

NC1

To move the following Clause—

    '(1)   A person commits an offence if he fraudulently or negligently—

      (a) makes an incorrect statement or declaration in or in connection with a claim for a tax credit or a notification of a change in circumstances given in accordance with regulations under section 6 or in response to a notice under section 17, or

      (b) gives incorrect information or evidence in response to a requirement imposed on him by virtue of section 14(2), 15(2), 16(3) or 18(2) or regulations under section 24

       within three years of the imposition on him of a penalty under section 29.

    (2)   A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

      (a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both, or

      (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or a fine, or both.'.


Aggravated tax credit fraud

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Huff

NC2

To move the following Clause—

    '(1)   A person is guilty of aggravated tax credit fraud if he is knowingly concerned in any fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtaining payments of a tax credit by him or any other person and—

      (a) tax credits have been fraudulently obtained by himself or another in excess of the prescribed sum; or

      (b) he has been convicted of an offence under the provisions of this Act or a benefit offence as defined by section 7 of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 within the preceding five years.

    (2)   A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

      (a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both, or

      (b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years, or a fine, or both.

    (3)   Regulations may make provision as to the prescribed sum in subsection (1).'.


Increased penalty for dishonest representations for obtaining benefit etc.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

NC3

To move the following Clause—

       'In subsection (3)(b) of section 111A of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 (c. 5) the word "seven" is omitted and the word "ten" substituted.'.


Increased penalty for false representations for obtaining benefit etc.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

       'In subsection (2) of section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, "3" is omitted and "6" is substituted.'.


Effect of working tax credit on housing or council tax benefits

   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

       'No award of working tax credit under this Act shall be taken into account in the determination of any housing or council tax benefit to which a person may be entitled under any other enactment.'.


Review and alteration of rates of tax credits

   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

       'Section 150 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 shall apply with like effect to tax credits and paragraph 28A of Schedule 3 to this Act shall amend the said section 150 accordingly.'.


Passporting
   

Ms Karen Buck

NC7

To move the following Clause—

       '.—A person entitled to the maximum rate of child tax credit shall be entitled to:

      (a) specified social security benefits,

      (b) the maximum rate of specified social security benefits, and

      (c) specified public services free of charge

    as may be prescribed.'.


Commencement (No. 2)

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       'Before the coming into effect of this Act, the Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament, regulations pursuant to Section 61 providing for the conditions and qualifications for access to the Social Fund of persons ceasing to qualify for income support or income based jobseeker's allowance upon the coming into force of this Act.'.


Commencement (No. 3)

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

       'Before the coming into effect of this Act, the Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament, regulations pursuant to section 61 providing for the conditions and qualifications for access to passported benefits provided by other Government Departments, devolved administrations and local authorities which prior to the coming into effect of this Act had been afforded by qualifying for working families' tax credit, disabled person's tax credit, income support or income based jobseeker's allowance.'.


   

Ms Karen Buck

89

Schedule     4,     page     52,     line     1,     leave out from 'section' to end of line 3 and insert '115(1), the words "(i) child benefit" are omitted.'.


   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

107

Clause     48,     page     26,     line     39,     leave out '(1)' and insert—

    (1)   Regulations made under Section 61 may transfer and vest in the Treasury such property, rights and liabilities to which the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Office is entitled or subject in connection with functions transferred to the Treasury by section 45 provided such Regulations specify each and every property, right and liability to be transferred.'.


   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

108

Clause     61,     page     33,     leave out lines 34 to 36 and insert 'shall be approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament'.


EXCERPT FROM ORDER OF THE HOUSE (10TH DECEMBER 2001)

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    (3)   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 24th January 2002.

    (4)   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.


RESOLUTION OF THE COMMITTEE [15TH JANUARY]

       That -

    (1)   during proceedings on the Tax Credits Bill the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock;

    (2)   the proceedings shall be taken in the following order, namely Clauses 1 to 26, Schedule 1, Clauses 27 to 32, Schedule 2, Clauses 33 to 43, Schedule 3, Clause 44, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 1, Clauses 45 to 47, Schedule 4, Clauses 48 to 53, New Clauses and New Schedules relating to Part 2, Clauses 54 and 55, Schedule 5, Clause 56, Schedule 6, Clauses 57 to 65 and remaining New Clauses and New Schedules;

    (3)   the proceedings on Clauses 1 to 22 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. on Thursday 17th January 2002;

    (4)   the proceedings on Clauses 23 to 26, Schedule 1, Clauses 27 to 32, Schedule 2, Clauses 33 to 43, Schedule 3, Clause 44 and New Clauses andNew Schedules relating to Part 1 (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 11.25 a.m. on Thursday 24th January 2002;

    (5)   the remaining proceedings on the Bill (so far as not previously concluded) shall be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. on Thursday 24th January 2002.


 
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