HC Deb 13 February 1990 vol 167 c125W
Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of bank provision against less-developed country debt will be accepted for the financial year 1989–90 as appropriate to offset against corporation tax liability.

Mr. Lilley

Banks are entitled to a tax deduction for the proportion of doubtful debt which is estimated to be irrecoverable. The amount will be negotiated between the Inland Revenue and the banks when the banks submit their accounts for the year.