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Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has authorised the purchase by HM Revenue and Customs of information suspected to be stolen; (192866)

(2) whether he has had discussions with the Principality of Liechtenstein on the return of stolen information to the Bank of Liechtenstein;

(3) what code of ethics applies to the procurement by HM Revenue and Customs of suspected stolen documentation;

(4) whether he has had discussions with the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs on the purchase by HM Revenue and Customs of suspected stolen documents.

Handling information relating to the administration of taxes is an operational matter for HMRC, which discusses a wide range of taxation issues with international businesses and tax authorities.

The Government have bilateral international treaties which provide for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to work with other countries’ tax administrations to secure and share information to prevent double taxation, to prevent fraud and avoidance, and to implement domestic law.

In relation to other aspects of the handling of this individual case, I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 116W, to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable).