HL Deb 09 February 2005 vol 669 cc119-20WA
Baroness Noakes

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether taxpayers are entitled to establish the effect of United Kingdom taxation laws through judicial processes and to pay any taxes due in accordance with the law so established; and, if so, whether they will explain the statement made by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 31 January (HL Deb, col. 3) that "some objections that have been raised on tax matters before the European Court of Justice are extremely self-interested". [HL1095]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

Of course, the Government accept that all taxpayers are entitled to have their tax liabilities settled in accordance with the law. It is clearly in everyone's interest that this should be the case. This is not in any way inconsistent with the statement I made on 31 January in this House.