Amazon grilled over business operation
ONLINE retail giant Amazon was yesterday quizzed over its UK business alongside coffee shop chain Starbucks and internet search engine Google.
Amazon's public policy director, Andrew Cecil, appeared in front of MPs on the public accounts committee.
Mr Cecil was questioned about the operations of the business which runs a warehouse at Jersey Marine.
Matt Brittin, chief executive officer of Google UK and Starbucks chief Troy Alstead were also questioned.
Starbucks is reported to have paid nothing in corporation tax to the UK over the last three years and has filed losses with Companies House for most of the years it has been operating in the UK.
Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge questioned how that could happen when statements the committee had seen showed a former chief financial operator said in 2007 the division had an operating profit rate of 15 per cent.