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Paymaster General

The head of the Office of HM Paymaster General, which is the department of the British government holding accounts at the Bank of England that appropriates funds for the various functions of government. That is, he/she is responsible for paying British departments and public servants. The paymaster general is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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The Paymaster-General said that this was the "biggest take-up ever of a measure of this kind" and said that the Conservative Party wanted to abolish the tax credits.
The Paymaster-General insisted that there was no question of the European Council acquiring power over tax issues by turning it into an area in which changes could be made by qualified majority voting, rather than unanimity as at present.
And his controversial personal background is to star in a new book by Geoffrey Robinson, the former Paymaster-General who was forced to resign with Mandy last Christmas.
Mr Robinson was made Paymaster-General after the 1997 General Election, a post he held until last Christmas when he quit after it emerged he had lent pounds 373,000 to then Trade Secretary Mr Peter Mandelson.
But last night Paymaster-General Geoffrey Robinson insisted the Treasury wanted only to play an "enabling role" - not to set up a rival to the No 10 policy unit.
Publishers Penguin confirmed this week that everything was on course for a release before Christmas of the book by the Coventry North-west MP and former Paymaster-General.
The Commons Standards Committee reported he should have declared his pounds 373,000 loan from former Paymaster-General Mr Geoffrey Robinson (Lab Coventry NW).
TransTec, previously owned by Coventry North-west Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson, the former Paymaster-General, was put in the hands of receivers Arthur Andersen just after Christmas as the group collapsed with debts approaching pounds 130 million.
Mr Mandelson resigned before Christmas when details emerged of the pounds 373,000 loan he received from Mr Robinson (Lab Coventry NW), who quit as Paymaster-General over the affair.
But MPs said the tycoon Paymaster-General should have declared an interest in his family's pounds 30million offshore trust.
Individual wards and trade union branches in the city have confirmed their support for the multi-millionaire who resigned as Paymaster-General last December over his pounds 373,000 home loan to Peter Mandelson.
The Paymaster-General and Coventry North West MP (right) came under fire after it was revealed he had lobbied Ministers to support a pounds 150million development of the Coventry City Football Club, which is partly owned by his offshore family trust.