Tax exiles could be blocked from serving as peers

Tax exiles could be forced to step down from the House of Lords unless they
domicile themselves in the UK, a reform bill could suggest.

MPs have put pressure on the government to look at a bill on constitutional
reform as providing the opportunity to introduce legislation stopping tax exiles
from serving as peers.

Sir Gus O’Donnell was quizzed on the matter during a public administration
select committee meeting yesterday, reported the Guardian.

Sir Gus,
secretary and head of the Home Civil Service
, said it was not clear
who would have responsibility to enforce and introduce such a rule.

Controversy has surrounded the domicile status of Tory peer Lord Ashcroft,
who has refused to say whether he has hounoured his pledge to give up his tax
exile status.

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