Treasury written question – answered on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on informers, when Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) commenced taking account of Association of Chief Police Officers' guidelines in calculating rewards to informers; and what the statutory basis is for HMRC taking such guidelines into account.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Since the merger of the former Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise to form HM Revenue and Customs on 18 April 2005 all reward payments made by HMRC have followed the relevant ACPO principals.

ACPO guidance does not have a statutory basis in law, but is recognised as "best practice" within the Law Enforcement environment.

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