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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 24th January 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE A


TAX CREDITS BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the resolutions of the Committee (15th and 22nd January).

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

28

Schedule     2,     page     39,     line     15,     at end insert 'but before making any such determination in respect of an employer the Board must give the employer an opportunity to make written representations in respect of the matter which is the subject of the determination.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

40

Schedule     2,     page     39,     line     20,     leave out subparagraph (4).

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

30

Schedule     2,     page     39,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   In the case of an appeal against a penalty imposed on an employer the Commissioners must have regard to the size of the employer in decisions they take under subparagraph (1) above.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

41

Schedule     2,     page     39,     line     39,     after '(a)', insert 'a county court or'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

42

Schedule     2,     page     40,     line     9,     after 'to', insert 'a county court or'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

29

Schedule     2,     page     40,     line     27,     at end insert 'and in the case of an employer they shall have regard to the size of the employer in any decisions they take under this paragraph'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

43

Schedule     2,     page     41,     line     17,     at end add—

    '8   The Board must within one year of this schedule coming into operation consult such organisations as appear to it to be representative of employers, including employers in small and medium sized enterprises, about the operation of this schedule and make a report to Parliament setting out the outcome of such consultations.'.


   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

22

Clause     33,     page     21,     line     40,     leave out 'seven' and insert 'ten'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

23

Clause     33,     page     21,     line     40,     at end add—

    '(3)   The Secretary of State shall within one year of this section coming into effect and every year thereafter make a report to Parliament on—

      (a) the extent of fraud in claims for tax credits, and

      (b) the measures he has taken to deal with fraudulent claims for tax credits.'.


   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

44

Clause     34,     page     22,     line     8,     leave out 'serious'.


   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

72

Clause     35,     page     22,     line     21,     leave out 'or neglect'.


   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

73

Clause     36,     page     23,     line     8,     leave out 'and'.

   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

74

Clause     36,     page     23,     line     9,     at end insert 'and—

      (e) any decision under section 27(1) or section 27(2A).'.


   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

54

Clause     37,     page     23,     line     17,     at beginning insert 'Subject to subsection (1A) below'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

55

Clause     37,     page     23,     line     19,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The General Commissioners or the Special Commissioners may allow notice of an appeal under section 36 to be given more than thirty days after the date on which notice of the decision was given if it appears reasonable for them to do so.'.

   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

75

Clause     37,     page     23,     line     21,     leave out subsections (3) to (7) and insert—

    '(3)   An appeal under section 36 shall be to an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter 1 to the Social Security Act 1998, and the provisions of sections 12 to 16 of the Social Security Act 1998 (and Regulations made thereunder) shall apply with like effect to appeals under section 36.'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

106

Clause     37,     page     23,     line     21,     leave out from 'be' to end of line 23 and insert 'to a Social Security Appeal Tribunal'.

   

Mr Howard Flight
Mr James Clappison
Mr Peter Luff

56

Clause     37,     page     23,     line     29,     leave out from 'notice' to end of line 30.


   

Ms Karen Buck

88

Clause     38,     page     24,     line     5,     leave out ', child tax credit or working tax credit (or both),' and insert 'working tax credit (but such regulations shall not exclude entitlement to persons subject to immigration control who are entitled to take up or be engaged in employment in the United Kingdom)'.


   

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),".'.

   

Steve Webb
Richard Younger-Ross

118

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

    '28B   In sections 170 and 172-174 (except section 172(5)) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 (c.5), at all places where they appear replace references to the "Secretary of State" and "his functions" with "Secretary of State or Treasury" and "their functions" respectively, and in section 170(5) of the same Act after sub-paragraph (b) add:

      "(bb) the provisions of the Tax Credits Act 2002".'.

   

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.'.

 
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