HC Deb 05 March 1981 vol 1000 cc171-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, in order to increase the resources available which could be used for the provision of additional benefits for disabled people as proposed by the Minister for Social Security on 3 February, Official Report, column 229, he will institute a new campaign against tax evasion.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

The boards of both Revenue departments have the subject of tax evasion under constant review, and this is reflected in the improved results achieved in recent years.

Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken or intends to take to monitor possible tax evasion on wages paid to workers and professional staff employed on the United Kingdom sector of the continental shelf.

Mr. Peter Rees

[pursuant to his reply, 26 February 1981, c. 442]With the co-operation of the oil industry, the Inland Revenue carried out a survey last year of employment on oil and gas developments offshore. This has been helpful in establishing the extent to which employers comply with PAYE obligations. The general area is one which we shall continue to keep under close review.