Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:38 pm on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of The Earl of Northesk The Earl of Northesk Conservative 8:38 pm, 5th April 2005

My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord the Attorney-General for his response and, in particular, for the reassurances that he offered.

There was one point in particular that I had hoped he would address from the Dispatch Box: recognition by the Government that it would be beyond credibility for the Information Commissioner not to seek an early review of the operation of HMRC. The noble and learned Lord gave us that suspicion, which was extraordinarily helpful. I also drew great comfort from what was said about the principle of having a nominated commissioner to deal with compliance with the HRA and the DPA.