Examination of Witness (Questions 380
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2002
380. It does seem a little extraordinary, if
we are not to betray our earlier political lives completely, at
this stage in the evolution of world capitalism that a limited
number of people can pay tax by direct debit in Newcastle and
by direct debit in St Austell. Great for St Austell, which is
a fine place.
(Dawn Primarolo) It is a fine place. Those are the
receiving offices, it is not that you have to live in St Austell
to do it. I am dreadfully sorry if I implied that.
381. Can anybody pay in St Austell?
(Dawn Primarolo) Yes; that is my understanding. Would
you like me to get you a note on St Austell?
382. It is a little inconsistent with Mr Banyard's
note to the Committee.
(Dawn Primarolo) Yes. I shall ensure that you have
a note on that.
The problem is having pilots running, investigating different
methods, then having to develop those out into the system as a
whole and that takes longer.
develop those out into the system as a whole and
that takes longer.
383. Thank you very much. We are going to leave
it there. We are hoping to make our report quite soon next month,
so if there is any supplementary information and if we are to
take up your kind invitation to visit the Revenue we would probably
have to do that quite quickly. In the meantime, may I thank you
and your officials very much for appearing today.
(Dawn Primarolo) Thank you very much. I very much
welcome the dialogue we have been having this afternoon with the
Committee. I am very relaxed. Whilst welcoming the participation
of the external bodies in discussing this with the Revenue, I
am more than happy that this Committee also take an interest in
this. Where I possibly can be of assistance in facilitating that
dialogue directly with the Revenue, I am more than happy to do
that. It is for the benefit of the system as a whole and would
be of great assistance. Thank you very much for the time you have
spent this afternoon. I shall make sure we get this information
to you and provide for the visit as well on the different aspects
of our development work. Thank you.
Chairman: Much appreciated. Thank you.
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