Australia (Double Taxation Agreement)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking 12:00 am, 18th July 1967

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what improvement in the liability for taxation of British war widows resident in Australia is expected to result under the new double taxation agreement now being discussed between Her Majesty's Government and the Australian Government.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

Discussions about a new agreement are in progress and I cannot make any statement at present.

Photo of Mr Cranley Onslow Mr Cranley Onslow , Woking

Is the Minister aware that as matters stand, and because war widows' pensions are exempt from tax in Australia, British war widows living there and Australian war widows living here both have to pay British tax? Would he do something to remove this anomaly or allow the Australians to introduce a token tax so that they can achieve their purpose?

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

I am aware of the matter, and must ask the hon. Gentleman to await the outcome of the negotiations.