Money Laundering: UK Parliamentarians — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:50 pm on 14 October 2014.

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Photo of Lord Flight Lord Flight Conservative 2:50, 14 October 2014

My Lords, the position of Members of this House and of the Commons is far worse than the Minister suspects. Some 150,000 people are rated as PEPs in this country, covering virtually all Members of this House and the House of Commons, including all spouses and all children. Wearing a hat as a banker I would add that, worst of all, banks are required to look at every transaction in the account of a PEP, both in and out, to satisfy themselves that they are proper transactions. The world of PEPs is by no means limited to just those who someone thinks are high risk. It covers virtually everybody and is completely out of control.