Tax Avoidance (HSBC)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 9th February 2015.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 3:34 pm, 9th February 2015

I have to say to the hon. Gentleman that that is pretty desperate. He says we have not dealt with tax avoidance and tax evasion. Look at the record. Look at the way the yield has increased. Look at the rules that have been changed. Look at HMRC’s additional powers. Look at the culture change we are seeing in this country, in terms of tax evasion and tax avoidance. I just regret that 10 years ago there was such a lax attitude to these things. The Government of the time have to accept some responsibility for that.