Results 181–200 of 10500 for speaker:Lord Young of Cookham

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT: Tax Evasion (6 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: The information requested is not held. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimate the tax gap, which encompasses fraud for VAT, excise duties and customs duty. However, it is not possible to produce these estimates for online traders based outside the EU, and for fraud originating in China. Tax gaps for VAT, excise duties and other taxes overall are provided in HMRC’s publication ‘Measuring Tax...

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT: Tax Evasion (6 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have increased their engagement with China Customs through the Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer in Beijing. The engagement is designed to tackle undervaluation fraud, including online VAT fraud, with the help of the Chinese authorities. This has included a memorandum of understanding, set up in 2018, leading to a joint working group and a series of commodity-focused...

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT: Tax Evasion (6 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: The information requested is not held. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) record the total number and amount of penalties issued to sellers based overseas who operate on online marketplaces, but do not hold separate figures for EU and non-EU sellers. Up to 29 July 2019, HMRC have issued VAT penalties to a total of 1,059 overseas sellers; the total penalty amount is £34,056,356.39.

Written Answers — Treasury: H2O Asset Management (5 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: Investment fund suspensions arise when demand for redemptions exceeds the liquidity in the fund. To service these redemptions, a fund may need to sell assets at a depressed market value, to the detriment of investors, while selling only the liquid assets could result in a fund breaching its investment mandate and possibly FCA rules. The Government recognises that fund suspensions can thereby...

Written Answers — Treasury: Crowdfunding (5 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Government believes that peer-to-peer platforms can deliver innovative forms of finance for both consumers and business that can provide competition in the marketplace and, as such, is keen to see the sector continue to grow and evolve while ensuring that consumers are adequately protected. The Government continues to monitor the development of the sector and engages regularly with...

Written Answers — Treasury: Lendy (5 Aug 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: This is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is operationally independent from Government. The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to Lord Myners by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Question for Short Debate (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord McNally, for securing this debate and for the speech he made introducing it. This is a policy area in which he has great expertise, and it comes as no surprise that, in his own words, he is campaigning for further reform and updating of the original FoI Act. I am grateful to other noble Lords who have spoken, each bringing their own interests...

National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill - Third Reading (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, I have it in command from Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that her Majesty, having been informed of the purpose of the National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill, has consented to place her interest, so far as it is affected by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the purposes of the Bill. Bill passed.

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, all homes created through permitted development rights for change of use are required to comply with building regulations, including in respect of fire safety. We announced in a Written Ministerial Statement on 13 March our intention to review permitted development rights for the conversion of buildings to residential use in respect of the quality standard of homes delivered. This...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: On the case concerning Watford which the noble Baroness mentioned, the borough council may appeal against the planning inspector’s decision within the next few days, so she will understand if I put that to one side. I make two general points: first, I hope all noble Lords will agree that, if you have redundant office or industrial buildings in an area where there is a severe shortage of...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: I hope the noble Lord will understand if I do not praise the London borough of Watford, as it may be about to take the Government to court—that might get me into difficulty. However, I agree with the thrust of what he said. It is worth reminding the House that the Prime Minister said last month that, “I believe the next government should be bold enough to ensure the Nationally Described...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: Again, that is subject to the case, which may come before the courts, as to whether what was applied for in Watford constituted a dwelling house. That is the issue that may well be tested. I refer the noble Lord to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 that comes into effect in March next year, which gives tenants additional rights if they believe their property is not fit for...

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: At the moment, building regulations do not require that, and that is one of the issues the review will look at. At the moment, there are no requirements for a property to have windows, natural light or minimum space standards. That is why we are reviewing the position, and the noble Lord is quite right to make that point.

Housing: Permitted Development Rights - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: This Minister may not be in a place to come back to the House, but I take the noble Baroness’s point. There is clearly strong feeling in your Lordships’ House that the current position is wholly unsatisfactory. We are reviewing it and I take the point about urgency that all noble Lords have impressed on me; we will come back the moment we have some progress to report. I take on board what...

Written Answers — Treasury: Financial Institutions: Switzerland (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: Switzerland is an important financial partner for the UK. Swiss financial institutions can operate in the UK in line with existing applicable UK and EU law. The UK has also taken steps to ensure the continuity of this relationship once we exit the European Union, including the transition of the EU-Swiss Direct Insurance Agreement into a UK-Swiss Direct Insurance Agreement.

Written Answers — Treasury: UK Trade with EU (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury officials visited the Sweden-Norway border in 2017, where border arrangements were discussed with Norwegian officials at a working level. The visit offered greater understanding of how the Norwegian facilitative regime operates outside of the customs union.

Written Answers — Treasury: VAT: Databases (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: The VAT Information Exchange system supports the free movement of goods between EU Member States. Access to the system will depend on the terms under which the UK leaves the EU. The current Withdrawal Agreement gives the UK continued access until the end of 2024.

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Young People (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: This table contains estimates of the total amount of Income Tax and National Insurance Contribution (NICs) liabilities of individuals who are under the age of 18 at the end of the tax year. Total Income Tax and NICs liability of individuals under age 18 (£ million) Income Tax NICs 2014-15 41 12 2015-16 47 13 2016-17 38 10 All figures presented are rounded to the...

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Electronic Government (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: HMRC are constantly reviewing the progress of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) service. As at 18 July, over 712,000 businesses have joined the VAT service and over 460,000 VAT submissions have been made successfully. The VAT Helpline has been performing within the 5 minute target for average waiting time. A small proportion of customers – around 0.5% - have been affected by service issues...

Written Answers — Treasury: Aggregates Levy (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: At Budget 2018, the government announced that the rate of Aggregates Levy would be frozen for 2019-20. The government also announced its intention to return the Levy to index-linking in future. Decisions on the rate of Aggregates Levy from 2020 will be taken at Budget 2019. Following the conclusion of long-running litigation in February this year, the government launched a comprehensive...


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