Jersey is no place for tax dodgers, according to the Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache.

Sir Philip, who, as Bailiff, is the chief civil power in the island, was addressing a dinner held in honour of a visit to Jersey by the Norwegian ambassador, Bjarne Lindstram.

In the course of his speech, the Bailiff said that the island was seeking to reinforce the message to the international community that it does not welcome tax evaders.

The island was a responsible jurisdiction, he said, and it enjoyed a far greater level of independence than, for example, Scotland.

At the dinner the Bailiff told guests that the island would shortly conclude a tax information exchange agreement with Norway and with other Scandinavian countries to reinforce the message that Jersey was not a good place to put money for tax evaders.

In his own speech, the ambassador said that he had been very impressed by the island