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 take that point absolutely. The point that I was cack-handedly trying to convey was that it is the expectation of all of us that the Information Commissioner in his independent capacity will do so. It would be beyond credibility for him not to want to take a look at the first year or two of the operation of HMRC. I may have expressed it rather cack-handedly, but I did not infer that in any sense the noble and learned Lord was giving a cast-iron guarantee that he spoke on behalf of the Information Commissioner. I understand that point.

I hope that I am not repeating myself if I say that I was also grateful to hear the noble and learned Lord espouse the principle that there should be a nominated commissioner for HRA and DPA compliance. That is extremely useful and offers me great comfort.

I thank the noble and learned Lord for the reassurances that he has given. In the circumstances, I am happy to beg leave to withdraw the amendment.