§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by his Departments specifically to investigate avoidance of income tax.
§ Mr. Dorrell
In excess of 1,000 staff in the Inland Revenue are involved in the investigation of errors, differences of legal interpretation and avoidance which they discover in the tax returns and accounts of individuals and trusts. Information is not available about the proportion of their time which is spent specifically investigating avoidance of income tax. The figure given excludes those investigating tax evasion.