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Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill: Clause 13 — Exercise of Commissioners' Functions by Officers (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: We have had long discussions about taxpayer confidentiality, and the provisions in the Bill contain some useful protections in that regard. We share the desire of the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie) and other Conservative Members to see the oath retained. I have asked Inland Revenue employees about the oath, which not only buttresses taxpayer confidentiality, but strengthens the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 1 — Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I was hoping to speak when we reached stamp duty land tax, but perhaps I have an opportunity to say a few words now. We have in the House, though unfortunately not for much longer, the world's greatest living expert on stamp duty land tax—the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He took the brief at the last minute and, as usual, he acquitted himself with great style and verve. He is...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 1 — Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I am grateful: I believe that the smuggling involved cigarettes as well as liquor, but I could be wrong and stand to be corrected. I shall give Ministers ample advance warning—about a minute—that I hope to hear what they have done in respect of the Butterfield report and its recommendations. We cannot allow any recurrence of this sort of fraud when hundreds of millions of pounds are lost...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 1 — Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: On a point of order, Mrs. Heal. I have been asking all day for a copy of the regulations governing inheritance tax on pre-owned assets, which were published a week or two ago. Vote Office staff have been unable to get hold of those regulations, even though they will be debated in connection with clause 98. I should be grateful if you would do all that you can to ensure that a copy of those...

Tax Credits (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (John Thurso) on securing the debate. It is a measure of its importance that so many Members have turned up and spoken, notwithstanding the imminence of a general election. As my hon. Friend said in his excellent speech, we support the tax credits policy, but the administration of the policy is often...

Tax Credits (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I agree very much with the hon. Gentleman, and I want to know from the Minister the exact criteria for a repayment and his policy on what constitutes a mistake.

Tax Credits (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend; I concur entirely with what he has said. We look forward to hearing from the Economic Secretary in a minute or two. I want a response to that particular point—a practical point on which so many thousands of our constituents want a response from the Minister. I should also like to know what preparation there was leading up to the introduction of...

Tax Credits (6 Apr 2005)

Mr John Burnett: The hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) made the point that the accountancy profession mastered self-assessment. The private sector is involved in that, because it is financially worth its while. However, in this matter, as my hon. Friend implies, there is little incentive for the private sector to give assistance because the people involved—the claimants who have been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Military Personnel (Court Cases) (24 Mar 2005)

Mr John Burnett: Our troops can be deployed in all-out combat and, within days or a shorter period, on internal security operations. Cases are sometimes dismissed by commanding officers and unit commanders. What safeguards are there against double jeopardy and what account is taken of the unique stress and dangers that confront our armed forces on active service?

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Burden of Proof (24 Feb 2005)

Mr John Burnett: Can the Solicitor-General confirm that—

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Victims Charter (24 Feb 2005)

Mr John Burnett: Has guidance yet been given to the Crown Prosecution Service on the ability of victims and prosecution witnesses to have direct access to the CPS? If that guidance has yet to be given, will she tell us when that will happen?

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Mr John Burnett: The hon. Gentleman has shared with the House the secrets of the former Foreign Secretary's coffee-drinking habits. May I share another secret with the House? At the behest of the hon. Gentleman, I attended a dinner some years ago to celebrate the emasculation of the EU charter of fundamental rights. Was the dinner premature? Is he happy that we celebrated a success or failure?

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Mr John Burnett: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Orders of the Day — Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill: Clause 17 — Confidentiality (26 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I shall make a few important points on this group of amendments that set out arrangements for inspection, complaints of misconduct and confidentiality. They also set out the duties, or embellish the duties, of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Earlier this week the draft Revenue and Customs (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2005 were...

Orders of the Day — Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill: New Clause 3 — Declaration of Confidentiality (26 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: In Committee we had lengthy debates on this subject and the Paymaster General has honoured the commitments she gave us then. She couched her commitment with one or two safeguards, but we now have a provision that has met the expectations of Members on this side of the House. I hope that the right hon. Lady will be able to give a further commitment today that all individuals with access to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: The CPS areas have no specialist fraud prosecutors, and the de minimis level at which the Serious Fraud Office investigates and a possible prosecution occurs is very high. White collar crime is not getting the attention that it deserves from the CPS. Will the Solicitor-General ensure that specialist fraud prosecutors are included in each CPS area?

Business of the House (13 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: The Leader of the House will have noticed the increasing role of the Attorney-General and his Department in matters that affect the business of the House. At present, we have 10 minutes every four sitting weeks to hold the Solicitor-General to account. Will the Leader of the House agree to increase that time and ensure that we have greater opportunity to hold that important Department to account?

Public Bill Committee: Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill: Schedule 3 - Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (13 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: I will not speak for long. I support the thrust of the proposal and I hope that, on reflection, the Minister will consider it as appropriate to be incorporated. Of course, the statistics would have to be properly anonymised, because there will be failed prosecutions as well as successful ones.

Public Bill Committee: Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill: Schedule 3 - Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (13 Jan 2005)

Mr John Burnett: Like most Committee members, I have some idea of how such appointments are made. It might help us if we got a letter from the Economic Secretary detailing the independent system of appointments that is pursued by the Attorney-General. Amendment agreed to. Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.


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