Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


22 MAR 2017

Tax Havens

Thank you very much for taking the time to contact me about tax havens.

I understand the concern on this matter and hope the following information from the Treasury is of interest:

The Government is committed to a proportionate, tailored response to improve global tax transparency, including in tax havens. Since 2010, HM Revenue and Customs has secured £140 billion in additional tax revenue by taking robust action to tackle avoidance, evasion, and non-compliance. These actions have helped the UK achieve one of the lowest tax gaps in the world.
Due to steps taken since 2010, crown dependencies and overseas territories are already sharing account information automatically with the UK. They will also start to provide UK law enforcement with access to information on the beneficial ownership of companies. This progress puts the UK and the crown dependencies and overseas territories well ahead of others in their transparency, including major international partners such as the United States.
The Government's next objective is to establish a comprehensive and effective model of public country-by-country reporting, to improve transparency over businesses' tax affairs and build public trust in the tax system. The best way to achieve this is through multilateral agreement, which is why the UK is continuing to work with our international partners to deliver this. The UK continues to support and push for the European Commission's proposal on this matter.

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