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Tonnage Tax

Treasury written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) company groups and (b) shipping companies were elected into the Tonnage Tax scheme (i) in each year since 2000-01 and (ii) 2013-14 to date.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

Estimates of the number of company groups and shipping companies electing into the Tonnage Tax scheme each year since 2000-01 based on corporation tax records could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

However, groups claiming tonnage tax have to apply (annually) to the Department for Transport for approval of a training commitment linked to the scheme. Where the application is on a group basis, the group is required to list the tonnage tax companies within the group.

A summary of these annual applications provides a marker for the number of groups and their constituent companies involved in the tonnage tax scheme.

Training commitment year Number of company groups Number of entities (companies/partnerships)
2000-01 15 (1)
2001-02 42 78
2002-03 59 230
2003-04 59 248
2004-05 71 275
2005-06 77 294
2006-07 79 288
2007-08 86 285
2008-09 90 321
2009-10 88 324
2010-11 87 317
2011-12 86 311
2012-13 81 300
(1) Figure not available

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