Early day motion 2958

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That this House notes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has permitted only six weeks for consultation on his proposal to impose Value Added Tax on many sports nutrition drinks and that those weeks included two bank holidays and the Easter recess, contrary to the Government's Code of Practice on Consultation which requires 12 weeks; observes that the impact assessment accompanying the consultation wrongly describes the 20 per cent VAT rate as a small increase in price; regrets that this move will push up prices for such products and damage small, specialist manufacturers, will have a negative impact upon jobs and growth, undermine consumer safety by driving customers to source products from less reputable overseas mail order and internet suppliers and, in the year of the London Olympics, send out the wrong messages about the importance of sport and exercise in improving public health; further observes that HM Revenue and Customs has also failed to take into account the reduced UK tax revenues associated with a switch to off-shore sourcing and the reduction in wider UK tax revenues from the sector as sales reduce, profits fall and employment is affected; considers the move to be bizarre when milkshakes, drinking chocolate and jaffa cakes continue to be zero-rated; and urges the Chancellor to think again.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 19.04.2012
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 18.04.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 18.04.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 17.04.2012
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 23.04.2012
Davies, David TC Conservative Party Monmouth 30.04.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 24.04.2012
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 17.04.2012
Havard, Dai Labour Party Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 25.04.2012
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 25.04.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 30.04.2012
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 24.04.2012
McKenzie, Iain Labour Party Inverclyde 26.04.2012
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 18.04.2012
Mitchell, Austin Labour Party Great Grimsby 17.04.2012
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 17.04.2012
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 18.04.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 24.04.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 30.04.2012
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 18.04.2012
Smith, Nick Labour Party Blaenau Gwent 25.04.2012
Sutcliffe, Gerry Labour Party Bradford South 25.04.2012