Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, commenting on the National Audit Office's report on tax avoidance, said:
"Despite the government's rhetoric on tax avoidance they are consistently failing to deliver. This report shows that HMRC is struggling in the fight against tax avoidance.
"Ministers need to get a grip. Cuts to HMRC that go too far and are seeing over 10,000 additional job losses will prove to be a false economy if they hamper their ability to collect billions of pounds in avoided tax. This isn't right at a time when families and small businesses who are paying their fair share are feeling the squeeze.
"The report also shows what can be achieved when a government is serious about tax avoidance and praises Labour's disclosure laws for closing down avoidance opportunities and bringing in £12bn of extra tax since they were introduced."