Taxation: Personal Records

Treasury written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) whether (a) hon. Members, (b) noble Lords, (c) researchers, (d) former elected representatives, (e) local authority councillors and (f) members of the armed forces are eligible for special category status for personal tax records held by HM Revenue and Customs;

(2) how many staff members of (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have their personal tax records given a special category classification.

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

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) applies high standards of confidentiality and security to all customer data. The provision of additional safeguards in respect of data relating to certain categories of individuals is an operational matter for HMRC. I am able to confirm that Ministers of the Crown, some Elected Representatives and certain other individuals are subject to additional safeguards. All HMRC staff are subject to additional safeguards for reasons of propriety.

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