To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the Exchequer of tax avoidance through employee benefit trusts in the latest period for which figures are available.
The information requested is not available, as HM Revenue and Customs does not record the amounts contributed to employee benefit trusts.
"Protecting Tax Revenues 2009", published alongside the 2009 pre-Budget report and available at:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2009/protect-tax-revenue-5450.pdf provides an illustrative breakdown of the tax gap in 2007-08 by behaviour. Figures for 2008-09 are not available.