Results 1–20 of 2972 for tax avoidance

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Chris Stephens: The hon. Gentleman has been talking about the “taxpayer” and about how benefits are not a right. Does he know that 3,665 employees in the Department for Work and Pensions are chasing benefit fraud estimated at £1.2 billion, but that only 320 employees are based in the High Net Worth Unit of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs chasing tax avoidance estimated at £70...

Civil Service Compensation Scheme (2 Dec 2016)

Chris Stephens: ...point. It is clear that the civil service is reducing. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, for example, is now half the size it was 10 years ago, which is important to note when it is dealing with tax avoidance and all those other issues.

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2016)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: ...and put their own spin on things, are “economical with the actualité” as was once famously said, but have we now really given up the idea that truthfulness, as such, matters? The other story concerned a man who ran a very aggressive tax avoidance business costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds. When confronted with this he simply said that,...

Social Care - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Baroness Walmsley: ...out that, as well as relying on help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and eating, social care plays a vital role in supporting recipients and their carers to move into, or stay in, employment, and in preventing avoidable expenditure, particularly in other parts of the health service. The charity Sense, which works for deafblind people, points out that in the past year alone...

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Lord Liddle: ...overwhelmingly in the interests of jobs and living standards in the UK. Remaining a member of the customs union would be very much second best. While the customs union secures tariff-free access for manufacturing and food exports and avoids the complex bureaucracy of rules of origin, it leaves out services. In other words, it secures free trade in goods, where we have the largest balance...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (30 Nov 2016)

Lord Beecham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to prevent the use of aggressive tax avoidance schemes under which employers reduce their national insurance payments and exploit VAT rules designed to benefit very small businesses; and with what results.

Autumn Statement: Economy - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2016)

Lord Lea of Crondall: ...particular economic rationale. Until recently we were told that it could not be done but now we are told that borrowing an extra £23 billion can be done. Talking of changes of doctrine, another thing we were told could not be done was increasing revenues from tackling tax avoidance, but now we are pledged to getting an extra £2 billion from that source. In response to a point...

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (29 Nov 2016)

Imran Hussain: ...published by the CDC—namely, a new strategy for 2017 onwards, alongside a new investment policy for the next five years, both of which must set out what the CDC intends to do with such massive assistance being made available to it. Essentially, we must avoid a situation in which we would be putting the cart before the horse by granting funding assistance before actually seeing what...

Digital Economy Bill: Code of practice: accessibility to on-demand audiovisual services for people with disabilities affecting hearing and/or sight (28 Nov 2016)

Helen Goodman: ...to me about the definition of the information covered and of the public sector here. Let me give an example to explain why. I was given information that Coutts—which is currently owned by the taxpayer; it is a subsidiarity of one of the banks we bought in 2008—was selling tax avoidance schemes in Switzerland. I spoke about that in the House, but if I had instead given the...

Pension Schemes Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (28 Nov 2016)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: ...that if an intelligence unit were part of a wider cross-government approach, it could well pay dividends. However, I fear that we would simply replicate arrangements whereby HMRC constantly chases tax avoiders, alights on some and then there is a change, and then somebody draws a line somewhere else and it is a never-ending process. Nevertheless, it may be worth while pursuing that. The...

Aid and Trade - Question (28 Nov 2016)

Lord Kinnock: ...for CDC, formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation? If so, will this not completely contradict existing stated government policies on combating poverty, increasing accountability and fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance, given CDC’s proven record of investing through tax havens?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance (28 Nov 2016)

Chi Onwurah: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of contractors working under the control and management of umbrella companies that are constituted as independent limited companies.

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Simon Hoare: This could almost become a parliamentary orgy, and we should probably avoid that at all costs. Rather than risk the wrath of your chastisement, Madam Deputy Speaker, by having a slightly arcane debate that may be more appropriate for the Procedure Committee, let me return to the Bill. My hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills introduced the Bill with her customary eloquence, and I...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Avoidance: Self-employed (25 Nov 2016)

Gregory Campbell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to announce the next steps in reforming IR35 investigations.

Reducing Health Inequality (24 Nov 2016)

Nicola Blackwood: ...the commitment of the House to having an effective cross-Government policy that will reduce health inequalities. We are recognised as world leaders in public health, and that has been achieved by avoiding the temptation to put health inequality in a silo. Marmot, as many have pointed out, is clear that an approach to treating health alone will not tackle what we here know are some of the...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (24 Nov 2016)

Patrick Harvie: ...Westminster was accompanied by a great deal of rhetoric about protecting people who are just about managing, but it contained a great deal more good news for the wealthiest. Some 85 per cent of the income tax cuts over the course of the rest of the Parliament will go to the richest households. Although people have been given some light relief through the changes to universal credit, only a...

Autumn Statement (23 Nov 2016)

John Martin McDonnell: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We have heard today that there will be more taxes, more debt and more borrowing. The verdict could not be clearer. The so-called long-term economic plan has failed. As the Treasury’s own leaked paper reveals, the Government knew it had failed before the referendum result was announced. We now face Brexit—the greatest economic challenge of a generation, and...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (23 Nov 2016)

International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact: ICAI's review on UK aid's contribution to tackling tax avoidance and evasion. 9:25 am; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: ...Consultant, Independent Commission for Aid Impact Nick Dyer, Director General, Policy and Global Programmes Jonathan Hargreaves, Head of Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Peter Hurst, Tax Advisor, Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption, Department for International Development Sue Walton, Director, Tax Professionalism and Assurance, HMRC

Written Ministerial Statements — HM Treasury: Autumn Statement 2016: Measures with immediate effect (23 Nov 2016)

Jane Ellison: As part of Autumn Statement 2016, the government has announced that the legislation for the following measures will have immediate effect. Petroleum Revenue Tax: cutting administration costs for the oil industry The government is introducing legislation to change the returns process for Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT) in order to reduce administrative burdens for the oil and gas sector. This...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (23 Nov 2016)

Neil Findlay: ...of alleviating hardship. The Govan Law Centre suggests using local authorities in the interim. They already successfully distribute the Scottish welfare fund, discretionary housing payments, council tax and housing benefit. Why can we not exploit that expertise? Personally, I think that the reality is that this Government does not trust or respect local government and will do all it can to...


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