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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb airs concerns at bid to remove VAT exemption for static holiday caravans

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 May 2012 | UPDATED: 16:13 17 May 2012

Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb

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Concerns about government proposals to remove VAT exemption for static holiday caravans has led to a meeting between North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and David Gauke MP, exchequer secretary to the Treasury.

Mr Lamb said tourist spending underpinned 8,500 jobs in north Norfolk and contributed an estimated £391m to the local economy. A significant number of those visiting the area stayed in holiday homes.

Mr Lamb said he had received a lot of letters and emails from constituents expressing their opinions on the proposals.

After the meeting, on May 16, he said: “We need to make sure that proper measures are in place to protect the tourist industry from any changes that are made. The talks were very constructive. He listened carefully to the concerns expressed.”

In a recent House of Commons debate, Mr Gauke emphasised that: “Removing the zero rate of VAT from static holiday caravans is one of a series of VAT measures announced in the Budget that are designed to make the VAT system fairer to all traders and easier to administer and comply with. It will help to create a level playing field by ensuring that all holiday caravans are taxed in line with the sale of other forms of holiday accommodation.

“We understand the strength of feeling on this matter and genuinely want to listen to the concerns.”

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