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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.
The Committee said rules on registering gifts between MPs were unclear when Mr Mandelson arranged the loan from Mr Robinson, who resigned as Paymaster-General over the affair.
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.
Paymaster-General Mr Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry South West, said the country needed a new attitude towards entrepreneurs, which accepted failure and success.
But MPs said the tycoon Paymaster-General should have declared an interest in his family's pounds 30million offshore trust.
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.
But Paymaster-General Mr Robinson dismissed the claims, insisting they had already been examined by Sir Gordon and disregarded.
The Guernsey off-shore trust set up for his family bought pounds 3million of shares in his own firm, after he became Paymaster-General, it was claimed.
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.
As Paymaster-General Mr Robinson was in charge of cutting tax breaks to middle income savers.