James Cleverly calls on Government to rebalance tax treatment of physical businesses and digital businesses


James Cleverly calls on the Government to end the disparity of tax treatment between physical businesses and that of digital businesses.

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)
T7. In Braintree, in Halstead and in the villages of my constituency, including my own lovely village of Earls Colne, there are a number of thriving businesses in retail, manufacturing and other sectors, but at the moment there is a disparity between the tax treatment of physical businesses and that of digital businesses. What plans do Ministers have to rebalance the tax treatment of those two types of businesses? [906221]

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mel Stride)
My hon. Friend raises a very important point. The Government are determined that we should have an international tax regime that is appropriate to the digital businesses to which he refers, particularly search engines, online marketplaces and social media platforms. We are working with the OECD and the European Union on a multilateral response. In the absence of that, we are prepared to act unilaterally to make sure that fair taxes are paid by those businesses.