Royal Finances

Franc McLaughlin made this Freedom of Information request to HM Revenue and Customs

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The request was refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

Franc McLaughlin

Dear Sir or Madam,

With reference to the Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding on Royal Taxation that the Chancellor announced to the House of Commons on 22nd April 2009, please disclose how this proposal came to be initiated in HMRC.

Yours faithfully,

Franc McLaughlin

Chapman, Juliette (Governance Group, L&F), HM Revenue and Customs

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Juliette Chapman

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Franc McLaughlin

Dear Chapman, Juliette (Governance Group, L&F),

Not sure that it makes sense to include a confidentiality statement in these terms when posting to a website.

Yours sincerely,

Franc McLaughlin

Chance, Teresa (G&S), HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr McLaughlin,

Please find attached our response to your recent information request.

Yours sincerely

Teresa Chance

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Franc McLaughlin

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of HM Revenue & Customs's handling of my FOI request 'Royal Finances'.

I am no lawyer, but it seems to me wrong that this absolute exemption should apply to the information I have requested; that would almost seem to imply it would apply to everything you do. Surely it applies to your operational work, within the legislative framework, whereas it should not apply in the same way to initiatives changing the legal framework? Grateful if you would clarify and of course take all arguments into account in an even-handed way, not taking advantage of your expertise and my relative ignorance.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ro...

(I had some problems sending this message, so I do apologise if I have inadvertantly sent it more than once.)

Yours faithfully,

Franc McLaughlin

Chance, Teresa (G&S), HM Revenue and Customs

Dear Mr McLaughlin,

Your request for an internal review is receiving attention and I would
expect that you should receive a response by 11 August 2009.

Yours sincerely

Teresa Chance

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Sharpe, John (G&S), HM Revenue and Customs

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Dear Mr McLaughlin

Our Ref FOI 16799/09

I attach HMRC's reply to your request for a review of our reply to your
request for information.

<<Internal Review response.pdf>>

Yours sincerely

John Sharpe

Central Policy

HM Revenue & Customs

Room 4/52

100 Parliament Street

London

SW1A 2BG

Fax 020 7147 0666

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Complaint accepted for action by the Information Commissioner's Office

Franc McLaughlin left an annotation ()

ICO found in favour of HMRC. No ordinary taxpayer can use the legislative system to extend their privileges in this way. Yet when it comes to transparency, suddenly that very process attracts the same protection as for a normal taxpayer. Perhaps we should have complete taxpayer transparency as in Scandinavia.