HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 cc676-7W
Mr. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has communicated to the Council of Ministers of the EEC the views of his Department on the question of the future taxation of members of the European Parliament directly elected from the United Kingdom; and whether he anticipates that such members will be liable for United Kingdom taxation as if they hold a United Kingdom employment, part of the duties of which are carried on abroad or whether he anticipates that they will be exempt from United Kingdom taxation.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

Members of the European Assembly are not at present given any special tax treatment and, so far as I am aware, no proposals to exempt directly elected Members have been put to the Council of Ministers. It is too soon to say what extent their emoluments would be subject to United Kingdom taxation under the existing law since the arrangements for remunerating them have yet to be made.