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Tax Evasion: Contracts

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide that any organisation convicted of tax evasion will not be allowed to compete for public contracts. (206195)

The public contracts regulations 2006, which implements the EU public procurement directive, permits public authorities to exclude from a procurement process any organisation that has not met its obligations relating to the payment of taxes.

Any decision whether or not to apply such an exclusion is for the individual purchasing authority to make, having regard to the circumstances of the procurement in question.