§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many official value added tax forms and explanatory leaflets are published in languages other than English: if he will list these languages; and what arrangements exist for staff to discuss problems with value-added tax officers in these languages.
§ Mr. Brooke
Customs and Excise publish English and Welsh versions of the three statutory VAT forms. These are the forms for applying for VAT registration, the VAT return form and the final return form which is used when a business ceases to be registered for VAT. No other forms are produced in any language other than English: nor are the explanatory leaflets. However, the local VAT offices in those areas where Welsh:is spoken will always provide a Welsh-speaking officer to explain the VAT rules and procedures where necessary.