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Mel Stride declines Finance Bill sub-committee appearance

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The chair of the Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill sub-committee, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, has written to the financial secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, expressing ‘disappointment’ at the minister’s refusal to appear before the committee to face questioning on the powers of HMRC.

The committee wished in particular to hear the government’s response to allegations of ‘severe failures of oversight over HMRC enforcement’, which have had ‘a destructive effect on the health, families and employment prospects of individuals’.

Citing the ministerial code, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean reissued the committee’s invitation for the minister to appear on 5 November. Mr Stride has already refused invitations to appear on 22 October, 31 October and 5 November.