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Land Registry

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Conservative, Orpington

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of property transactions in each price band in (a) London and (b) England that were not recorded by the Land Registry or subject to a property tax.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

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The information requested is not available. HMRC does not have details of land transactions where no land transaction return was required for stamp duty land tax (SDLT) purposes. HM Land Registry does not have details of transactions that are not registered.

HMRC released an estimate of the SDLT tax gap in its Measuring Tax Gaps publication, which can be found in the following link:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/mtg-2011.pdf

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