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International Development written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the impact on the effectiveness of bilateral and multilateral aid to Zambia of the avoidance by UK companies of their tax liabilities in that country.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

DFID has a long history of support to the Zambian Revenue Authority (ZRA) to increase tax revenue and modernise tax processes. British support since 1994 has helped Zambia to double its tax to GDP ratio from only 10% in the early 1990s to over 21% in 2012. This support will continue over the next three years.

Tackling tax avoidance and illicit flows in developing countries is one of the coalition Government’s top priorities for this year’s UK presidency of the G8.

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