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Bahamas Agreement

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payment has been made in each year since 1976 by the United States Administration towards the maintenance of the services listed in article X (public services) of the Bahamas Agreement 1956. (75456)

Regular payments by the United States Administration towards the maintenance of the services listed in article X (public services) of the Bahamas Agreement 1956 have only been made since the introduction of a system of taxation in April 2002. Since that time the US has paid contract employee income tax and import duty as follows:

GBP (£)

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Income Tax

430,401

496,956

499,641

1518,506

Tobacco

0

0

7,023

5,724

Alcohol

27,554

31,114

29,005

126,754

Fuel

0

0

0

0

Property Tax

0

0

0

0

Total

457,955

528,070

535,669

550,984

Grand total

2,072,678

1 2005-06 subject to assessment.

Prior to April 2002, contributions were made on an ad hoc basis. These contributions continue in addition to the tax the US pays.