Wes Streeting – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the HM Treasury

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Wes Streeting on 2016-01-26.

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he has had with external organisations on Google’s tax arrangements in the last 12 months.

Mr David Gauke

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available on GOV.UK.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the conduct of enquiries, and Ministers are not informed of the progress of enquiries and play no part in agreeing the amount of tax to be paid by any taxpayer. HMRC is transparent about how conducts its enquiries and resolves matters under dispute. HMRC publish a Litigation and Settlement Strategy which prevents them from accepting a smaller settlement than they would expect to get in court.