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National Newspapers(Employment And Taxation Arrangements)

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Inland Revenue's report on employment arrangements in the national newspapers;(2) how many ghost workers have been revealed by the Inland Revenue's investigation into employment and taxation arrangements in the national newspapers;(3) what estimate he has of the amount of unpaid income tax owing to the Inland Revenue as a result of fraudulent practices among workers on the national newspapers;(4) what steps he proposes to take to eliminate fraudulent tax practices among workers employed on the national newspapers;(5) which trade union representatives have been interviewed by the Inland Revenue in connection with its inquiry into fraudulent tax practices among employees in the national newspapers.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply to the hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten) on 24th November.—[Vol. 958, c. 795– 96.]