HC Deb 27 February 1992 vol 204 c544W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 February,Official Report, columns 521–22, whether there is any proposal to undertake manual data exchange between tax authorities in other European countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maude

In accordance with the Council directive of 19 December 1977 (77/799/EEC), competent authorities of the member states may exchange certain information to enable them to assess taxpayers correctly. These exchanges are subject to certain safeguards to preserve the confidentiality of the information and were given legislative effect in section 77 of the Finance Act 1978.

The directive was extended to VAT on 6 December 1979 (79/1070/EEC) and all exchanges are subject to the confidentiality safeguards of directive 77/799/EEC. Directive 79/1070/EEC was implemented by section 17(2) of the Finance Act 1980. There is currently a proposal to extend directive 77/799/EEC to include excise duties on manufactured tobacco, alcohol and alcoholic beverages and mineral oils.

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