HC Deb 22 June 1999 vol 333 c1052
The Solicitor-General

I beg to move amendment No. 33, in page 22, line 4, leave out 'disability working allowance' and insert 'disabled person's tax credit'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael Lord)

With this, it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment No. 82.

The Solicitor?General

These technical amendments arise from the inter-relationship between this Bill and the Tax Credits Bill. As currently drafted, clause 32 of this Bill amends the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 to allow advice and assistance to be provided, without a means test or contributions, to recipients of disability working allowance. That is already the case for recipients of family credit. It is also already the case for recipients of both benefits in England and Wales.

The Tax Credits Bill, which we considered earlier today, provides for family credit and disability working allowance to be replaced by the working families tax credit and the disabled persons tax credit. That Bill also makes consequential amendments, including to the 1986 Act in relation to family credit.

Amendment No. 33 replaces the term "disability working allowance" with the term "disabled person's tax credit" in clause 32. Amendment No. 82 is a transitional provision to allow for the possibility that this Bill will come into force before the Tax Credits Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

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