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Finance Act 1997

The Finance Act 1997 received Royal Assent on 19 March 1997. On this page you can find guidance, parliamentary papers, representations and other commentary on the Act's progress through parliament.

The Finance Act

Finance Act 1997
Full text of the Finance Act 1997, as enacted on 19 March 1997.

House of Lords (Hansard)
Includes Finance Bill readings/debates in the following editions:
19 March 1997 - Second reading and remaining stages
13 March 1997 - First reading

House of Commons (Hansard)
Includes Finance Bill readings/debates in the following editions:
11 March 1997. Clauses 17,9,12,25,37 and 54. New clauses 3,4,8,9,10,13,15 and 16. Schedules 11 and 17. New schedule 1.

Finance Bill in Standing Committee B
The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds copies of the following sittings of House of Commons Standing Committee B on the Finance Bill:

  • 14th sitting - 25 February 1997
  • 13th sitting - 20 February 1997
  • 12th sitting - 18 February 1997 - Afternoon
  • 11th sitting - 18 February 1997 - Morning
  • 10th sitting - 13 February 1997 - Afternoon
  • 9th sitting - 13 February 1997 - Morning
  • 8th sitting - 11 February 1997 - Afternoon
  • 7th sitting - 11 February 1997 - Morning
  • 6th sitting - 6 February 1997
  • 5th sitting - 4 February 1997 - Afternoon
  • 4th sitting - 4 February 1997 - Morning
  • 3rd sitting - 30 January 1997 - Afternoon
  • 2nd sitting - 30 January 1997 - Morning
  • 1st sitting - 28 January 1997

Explanatory Notes for the Finance Bill 1997
As published on the HM Treasury website, with an additional listing of new clauses for the 1997 Finance Bill.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.


The Library holds an extensive collection of Finance Acts (from the 19th century onwards), Finance Bills (from 1951 onwards), Debates on the Finance Bill as recorded in Hansard, and Standing Committee Debates on the Finance Bills (from 1968 onwards). Alongside this you can also find many publications from the ICAEW and other bodies on the Finance Acts.

We also maintain an online archive of links and resources for Finance Acts 1980–1999 and for Finance Acts 2000–2004.

See LibCat, our online catalogue, for details of our holdings of:

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