Former MP, Torridge and West Devon
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We have had long discussions about taxpayer confidentiality, and the provisions in the Bill contain some useful protections in that regard. We share the desire of the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) and other Conservative Members to see the oath retained. I have asked Inland Revenue employees about the oath, which not only buttresses taxpayer confidentiality, but strengthens the...
I was hoping to speak when we reached stamp duty land tax, but perhaps I have an opportunity to say a few words now. We have in the House, though unfortunately not for much longer, the world's greatest living expert on stamp duty land tax—the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He took the brief at the last minute and, as usual, he acquitted himself with great style and verve. He is...
I am grateful: I believe that the smuggling involved cigarettes as well as liquor, but I could be wrong and stand to be corrected. I shall give Ministers ample advance warning—about a minute—that I hope to hear what they have done in respect of the Butterfield report and its recommendations. We cannot allow any recurrence of this sort of fraud when hundreds of millions of pounds...
Former Liberal Democrat MP for Torridge and West Devon
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election
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