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Tax Advice

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on (i) tax consultants and (ii) other external tax advice in (1) 1995–96, (2) 1996–97 and (3) 1997–98; and if he will make a statement. [13267]

The Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have spent the following on

1995–961996–971997–98
££Estimated £
(i) Tax consultants:
(a) Department of Healthnilnil15,000
(b) DH Agenciesnilnilnil
(c) NCPBs26,00019,00013,000
(ii) Other external tax advice: One NDPB uses a telephone Pay As You Earn advisory service at a cost of £180 per annum.This expenditure has been to provide advice on the proper interpretation of tax law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the policy of his Department on the purchase of tax avoidance advice; and if he will make a statement. [13268]

The Department has used tax advisers to enable it to fulfil its statutory tax obligations rather than for tax avoidance purposes.