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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th April 2016.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 12:00 am, 19th April 2016

We are taking strong action on tax evasion and significantly increasing the number of criminal investigations—I understand that around 90 investigations into offshore tax evasion are currently ongoing. We announced in the Budget last summer an additional £800 million for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to support its activities, and through the common reporting standard—and ultimately through registers of beneficial interest—we are now getting access to much more information so that we can take on offshore tax evaders.