The House of Commons Treasury Committee has questioned senior HMRC officials on the organisation's annual report and accounts - a general hearing on a range of aspects of HMRC's work, including planning for Brexit, the 2019 loan charge and IR35.

Second and final day of Finance Bill Committee of Whole House, debating clauses, new clauses and amendments about gaming duty and fixed odds betting terminals, and tax avoidance and evasion. The government accepted opposition proposals and made its own amendments.

Finance Bill (No.3) began its committee stage today with two days of Committee of the Whole House scheduled for today and tomorrow. The clauses debate today focused on tax thresholds and reliefs and on Brexit.

Peers wait a civilised two weeks before debating the Budget in the upper House.

The draft Withdrawal Agreement published on Wednesday sets out the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, including a Protocol on Northern Ireland. It reflects agreement in principle between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the full legal text. The government intends to lay a final version of the agreement before Parliament once it is finalised. The outline of the Political Declaration on the future relationship sets out progress on the scope of the framework for the future relationship. Negotiations are ongoing to finalise the Political Declaration.

This is a summary of the Finance Bill clauses in each group for Monday and Tuesday and all the amendments and new clauses tabled. 

The latest Finance Bill (the third of the current session) had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 12 November. The debate saw Conservatives claiming lower tax rates mean higher tax takes and Labour concerns about universal credit and the parliamentary process. The debate was quite haphazard, as MPs debated the principles of the Finance Bill rather than the detail. A Labour amendment that declined to give this Bill a second reading on the basis that it continues damaging austerity policies was defeated by 302 votes to 279.

CIOT Wales' Ritchie Tout on Welsh Government plans for a vacant land tax and the debate about housing supply. This first appeared in the Western Mail on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The Treasury Committee has held three evidence sessions for its inquiry into Budget 2018, taking evidence from the OBR, economists and the Chancellor.  Additionally the committee has received written evidence from CIOT and ICAEW on those organisations’ views of the Budget measures. The committee is not expected to take further evidence and is thought likely to report in the next few days.

MPs spent four days this week debating the Budget and related policy issues, before voting on the Budget resolutions on Thursday (1) evening.