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Economy: Alan Walters diary (tax) [tax avoidance meeting - PM wary of driving business away; Scholar suggests Walters involved in Ravencraig][released 2012]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Walters MSS (Churchill Archives Centre): WTRS 3/1/2
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Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 232
Themes: Monetary policy, Taxation

Wednesday 8th December 1982

Yet another run on £ and great pressure on interest rates

1000am 12 O/n [overnight], 115/8 7 day, 11 3 month

12.30 11¼ [Overnight], 11¼ [7 day], 1015/16

ER strengthens to 86.5 at 12.30

EG [Eddie George] said he would try to hold dealing rates at 10 and flood an additional £70m in market. It seems doubtful to me if we will hold BRates. Talked to Peter M [Peter Middleton] and suggested more money in 7 day end - it cannot do much harm

Donoghue, Harris, Forgan, lunch at CPS [Bernard Donoughue]

“now vicious circle high interest rates, low ER, increased inflation” - how to get out?

Some relaxation in the markets - money rates fell at close

107/8 1015/16 10¾ 10½ 1 year

and dealing rates held had at 10-101/8. The trick of feeding in £70mn seems to have worked.

Tax avoidance mtg - PM very gung ho - did not want to introduce “pernickety legislation” that would drive business away from UK - also “What would be effect on tax havens in Caribbean etc.” - would they want AID - she was concerned at too much leeway being given to the IR.

MS [Michael Scholar] suggested I was involved in the Ravenscraig evaluation - but Ravenscraig “costs” much more than the £30m a year to keep it open - it destroys credibility of the government.