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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 6th November 2017.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General 3:39 pm, 6th November 2017

The hon. Gentleman referred to a £6 billion tax gap, but the figure is not £6 billion; it is 6% of all tax that should be collected. On his suggestion that there should be a general principle or general rule, there is already a general anti-avoidance rule for exactly the purpose to which the hon. Gentleman has alluded.