Have your say on the Finance (No.2) Bill

14 December 2017

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Finance (No.2) Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 9 January 2018; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage, which is expected to be not later than 5.00pm on Thursday 18 January 2018. However, please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Thursday 18 January 2018.*

* In the current Parliamentary Session, the all Public Bill Committees to date have concluded their consideration of the Bill earlier than scheduled. .These were the following Public Bill Committees: Armed Forces(flexible Working), Automated and Electric Vehicles, Finance (No. 2) Act 2017, Nuclear Safeguards, Smart Meters.

Aims of the Bill

The Chancellor presented the Government's first Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017. The Government published the Finance (No. 2) Bill, to implement the tax measures contained in the Budget, on Friday 1 December, and the Bill's had its Second Reading on Monday 11 December.

The Budget report - HC 587 - and associated documents are collated on Gov.uk.  Three key sources are:

Almost all provisions of the Bill have now been committed to a Public Bill Committee which will first meet on Tuesday 9 January 2018. The Public Bill Committee must conclude by Thursday 18 January 2018.

Clauses 8, 33, 40 and 41 of the Bill, and New Clauses and New Schedules relating to the subject matter of those Clauses, will be separately debated by a Committee of the whole House in the Chamber of the House of Commons on 18 and 19 December. Written evidence relating to those Clauses cannot be considered by the Public Bill Committee.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

Deadline for written evidence submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration, and possibly reflect it in an amendment. The order in which amendments are taken in Committee will be available in due course under Selection of Amendments on the Bill documents pages. Once the Committee has dealt with an amendment it will not revisit it.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 9 January 2018; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 18 January 2018. Please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Thursday 18 January 2018.

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk.

Further guidance on submitting written evidence can be found here.

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