HC Deb 23 December 1976 vol 923 c288W
Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Prime Minister (1) under what statutory authority Government Departments supply information obtained for non-fiscal purposes to the Inland Revenue;

(2) whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to conduct a clandestine inquisition into the acquisition and sale of all forms of durable personal property and to instruct any Government Department that may handle information about such property to supply this information routinely or on request to the Inland Revenue;

(3) whether he will instruct every Government Department which acquires information for one non-fiscal purpose and which may supply all or part of such information to the Inland Revenue for another purpose to mark clearly any forms or documents involved with clear notice that any information supplied may be given to the Inland Revenue;

(4) whether he will issue standing instructions to any Government Department which obtains non-fiscal information and later supplies such information to the Inland Revenue that the individual or organisation supplying the original information is to be informed that this has been subsequently made available to the Inland Revenue.

The Prime Minister

I am not sure what the hon. Member has in mind, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be happy to consider any particular case he wishes to bring to his attention.

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