Following my previous post I have solved this issue. Somehow accidently I discovered that if the field has allow nulls set on it VB.NET will add the Where Coalesce in your query hence in my case slowing it down dramatically. It seems that C# does not do this. So finally I have my VB.NET sql comming out exactly the same as in C# simply by turning off allow nulls on my database column... Still seems like odd behaivour to me but for now it all works fine.