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Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL846, tabled on 7 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in assisting the government of Pakistan to raise revenue from rich individuals and companies to pay for education for children in that country not currently attending school.

Answered on

21 July 2014

The UK is helping to support Pakistan’s efforts to increase revenue collection through a range of measures, including through expertise from HM Revenue and Customs. The Government of Pakistan has already made progress including removing tax exemptions worth 0.34% of GDP and publishing a directory of all taxpayers. It published its second federal budget on 3 June which included further emphasis on increasing revenue from 9% to 15% of GDP by 2018, through new measures to widen the tax net and phase out exemptions. Through these the government aims to raise additional revenue of over $2.2 billion in 2014/15.

It has also committed to increase the share of GDP spent on education from 2% to 4% by 2018. This will help to get some of the estimated 12 million out-of-school children across the country into education.