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Clause 1 — Expulsion and Suspension of members of the House of Lords (27 February 2015)

Philip Davies: ..., which is that people will be expelled for doing things that do not warrant expulsion, just because the tide of public opinion has gone in a different direction. In an intervention, I mentioned tax avoidance. Somebody might have taken part in activities that were perfectly legal at the time and, in fact, seen as acceptable behaviour. Their actions might not have attracted any controversy...

New Clause 1 — Natural Justice (27 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Philip Davies: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. Would tax avoidance also be relevant? It has been a topical issue of late, and it could be that Members in the other place engage in activities that are within the law, but which a majority of their lordships might find distasteful. Does my hon. Friend think that someone who was abiding by the law could fall foul of the Bill’s provisions? We could...

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 February 2015)

Christopher Chope: My right hon. Friend gives an example of which he had direct experience. All I can say is that it is a pity that people who present their tax return late are not allowed the same indulgence—saying that their affairs are very complex, or that their accountant let them down—to avoid a penalty. There is an issue with ensuring consistency in the rules. We have had a good run round the...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 February 2015)

Tim Yeo: ...;Let’s build some more power stations.” That was a 20th-century answer; it is not the 21st-century answer. The 21st-century answer is, “Let’s use this more efficiently. Let’s make sure we can avoid the peaks in demand.” We may well not need any net increase in total capacity ever again. It is therefore, in my view, unfortunate—I put it no more...

Culture, Media and Sport Committee (26 February 2015)

John Whittingdale: ...’s length independence from the Government, but it is regressive, compulsory and expensive to collect, so we considered various alternatives. In the short term, we found that there is no realistic alternative to some form of licence fee or household tax, although we support a number of changes. The arrangements should immediately be amended to cover catch-up services as well as live...

Business of the House (26 February 2015)

Bob Blackman: Local authorities throughout the country are finalising their budgets for the coming year. Tonight, Labour-run Harrow council will consider proposals from its administration to impose a garden tax on the collection of garden waste and to increase the council tax by 1.99%, thereby avoiding a referendum, while it is closing down popular libraries, including the Bob Lawrence library in my...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (26 February 2015)

Austin Mitchell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislation to make partners from accountancy firms ineligible for HM Treasury appointments if a tax tribunal or court finds that tax avoidance schemes marketed by such firms are unlawful.

Written Ministerial Statements — HM Treasury: Anti-Avoidance (26 February 2015)

David Gauke: The Government is committed to tackling tax avoidance to ensure the Exchequer is protected and fairness is maintained for the taxpayer. HMRC has become aware of a proposed transaction that seeks to take advantage of a perceived gap in the sale and leaseback rules for capital allowances. The claimed effect of the transaction is to create tens of millions of pounds of capital allowances...

Modern Slavery Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (25 February 2015)

Lord Bates: .... Part of that will be an element of the consultation. Another element will be, of course, that for calculating the threshold in terms of UK law there is a well accepted version as to where group corporate accounts are registered for the purposes of tax. One would expect that understanding of what constitutes a turnover for the purposes of threshold could be included in those regulations...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 February 2015) See 13 other results from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: ...of occasions in the Chamber. We have also had the LIBOR and PPI mis-selling scandals. Trust and confidence have been fundamentally shaken by the recent revelations about the Swiss arm of HSBC helping its customers to avoid and evade tax. On the one hand customers have been exploited, and on the other hand the taxpayer has been ripped off. That unacceptable state of affairs is made worse by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 February 2015)

Edward Miliband: If the Prime Minister wants to talk about party funding, let us talk about a party bought and sold by the hedge funds and a man who appointed a self-declared tax avoider as his treasurer—that is the Conservative party. He has one more chance. He talked big in opposition about change. He will be judged on the way he votes tonight. He should vote for one job, not two. Last chance: yes or no?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (25 February 2015)

Lord Ashcroft: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the difference between tax avoidance and aggressive tax avoidance.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Inheritance Tax (25 February 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Pamela Nash: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff were employed by HM Revenue and Customs to tackle inheritance tax avoidance in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) England, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in the last five years for which records are available.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Institutions: Taxation (25 February 2015)

David Gauke: As part of the partnerships review legislation was introduced in Finance Act 2014 to prevent tax-motivated allocations of business profits in partnerships where the partners include both individuals and companies (mixed membership partnerships). During consultation, it became apparent that the use of mixed membership partnerships by hedge funds to avoid tax was widespread. As a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget Bill: Final Stage (24 February 2015)

Dominic Bradley: ...contributions made by our spokesperson. So, as the hour is late, I will confine my remarks to some of the points raised by the Minister in his introductory comments, particularly those on corporation tax. The SDLP agrees in principle with the proposal to devolve corporation tax but urges a cautious approach. Detailed and careful consideration of a number of issues will be required to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Further Consideration Stage (24 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Alex Attwood: ...SDLP's view of the purpose of all of this and all of the amendments is that it is about dealing with people in need. I speak from memory, so this may be inaccurate, but there is 70 billion in tax that should be claimed by HMRC, and it has 350 people going after those who are avoiding paying their tax of 70 billion; there are 3,500 people in the welfare system going after a...

Exploration and Appraisal Drilling (24 February 2015)

Amber Rudd: ...address rising operating costs and reverse recent declines in operating efficiency. The work force, whose dedication to working in the North sea’s challenging environment I much admire, must work with industry to avoid any industrial action, the timing of which could compromise the future success of North sea operations. For their part, the Government must continue to pursue their...

Mining in Goa (UK-listed Companies) (24 February 2015)

John McDonnell: ...Court had found the company to be carrying out from 2007. At the time of the publication of the Vedanta annual report, the High Court had not determined the renewal of the leases, nor had the Goan state Government. I am suspicious of Vedanta’s confidence that it could exercise sufficient influence over the Government to avoid paying for its illegal mining activities, and that it...

Tax Avoidance and HSBC — Statement (23 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Davies of Oldham: .... But the Chancellor did not answer the questions, and it is for this Minister to answer the questions before this House. Once the information was available of the 1,100 names involved in tax evasion or avoidance, the Chancellor confirmed that the “selective prosecution policy” was a decision of Ministers. There has been one prosecution—I repeat, one...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 February 2015) See 16 other results from this debate

John Bercow: Order. I do not wish to be pedantic, simply accurate, but I think the wording of the urgent question was “avoidance”—the tax avoidance scandal. The point is on the record.

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