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Inheritance Tax

Asked when the Prime Minister would be publishing his proposals on Inheritance Tax, the PMS replied that if someone put in an FOI request then that would be looked at. But as the Prime Minister had made clear, the proposals for the reform to Inheritance Tax that was made in the Pre-Budget Report was something that was actively considered ahead of the Budget.

Put that the Tory leader had made a call for the records to be released just now, and the Prime Minister made clear that the records vindicated his version of events, and was this not a good justification to issue records now to prove that the Tory leader was absolutely wrong, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister had said what he had said in the House, and we would consider the request from the opposition leader.

Asked how long this might take, the PMS replied that we had just had this request and we would consider it. Asked if we were lawfully allowed to do this, the PMS replied that if there was an FOI request, and we would have to look under the law as to what we were able to do, but if there were a request then it would be something that we would need to respond to.

Asked if we could voluntarily release them, the PMS replied that he was sure the Government could publish whatever it wanted to publish. But there was a well-established mechanism of getting the information in to the public domain through the FOI process.

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