Revenue and Customs: Visits Abroad

Treasury written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Official Report, column 1263W, on Revenue and Customs: visits abroad, why it is no longer possible to disclose the destinations visited by HM Revenue and Customs staff.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2008, Hansard, column 1263W, for policy and operational reasons we are unable to disclose which overseas destinations HMRC employees travel to.

HMRC has previously disclosed countries to which HMRC staff have travelled. However in observance of the FOI exemptions we believe the publication of information on the operational focus of our activities could compromise and prejudice future enforcement objectives.

Current systems do not allow for the separation of data between policy and operational visits abroad. Information on policy visits potentially could be disclosed but are not currently held and would incur disproportionate cost to provide.

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