Gauke performs magic trick, transforms 847 responses into 20 (and lies to Parliament in the process?)

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From Finance Bill Committee transcript , 17th June 2014:

David Gauke: “The consultation on the draft legislation earlier this year generated over 20 responses”  

From “Tackling marketed tax avoidance , Summary of Responses”, March 2014:

HMRC: “HMRC received 847 responses to the consultation

A breakdown of the capacities in which respondents made their comments is below: 

• 12 from representative bodies
• 29 from consultants
• 245 from accountancy firms
• 5 from law firms
• 547 from individuals
• 9 from other businesses “

Yes…. 847 is technically “over 20″…
Okay……

Did the Minister deliberately mislead the Parliament to force his retrospective legislation through?

You be the judge…

(In fact, is this any different to when HRMC misled Parliament into passing S58 in 2008 ?Jane Kennedy later confirmed in writing that “she was told by HMRC that only a very small number of people would be affected, and certainly not the thousands that have been impacted“.

It’s this kind of “inaccuracy” that will cost average people everything, yet cost MPs and civil servants nothing. Demand accountability from your representatives! )

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