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HMRC internal manual

Information Disclosure Guide

Information disclosure Gateways with other government departments: Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS): general

Why share information with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Former Customs teams may be aware of information about businesses, exporters, importers, international trade, product penetration of foreign goods, or more general information on different trade sectors. All of this information could be of use to BIS.

Other teams may also have information relevant to BIS’s insolvency functions.

Ensuring information is shared lawfully

All disclosures of HMRC information must be lawful. Please see IDG40300 for more information on lawful disclosure as provided by the CRCA.

To be lawful, HMRC may only share information with BIS through a legal gateway. See IDG40320 for general information about what a legal gateway is. The appropriate legal gateway to use is listed under each type of disclosure to BIS at IDG50820 to IDG50850.

You must also ensure when passing information to BIS that you follow the agreed procedure for disclosures. Details are listed under each type of disclosure to BIS, being.