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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Coroners (2 Mar 2015)

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress he has made on implementation of a 24 hour coroners system.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Everybody has been amused by the points that the right hon. Gentleman has been making, quite rightly, but I do not think the public will be particularly amused. The public’s real concern is not about people with a continuing interest; it is about people who become Members of Parliament and then obtain directorships and consultancies, who are perceived as being in something like a system of...

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does the Chancellor agree that obtaining financial advantage by deception is a criminal offence even when carried out by bankers? Does he recognise that HSBC has 556 subsidiary companies in tax havens? We know what has happened with one of them, but when will there be an inquiry into the other 555?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The best prospect for relieving the pressure on Camden’s housing was the Mount Pleasant Post Office site, but the Mayor has given full-scale approval, using his existing powers, for what can be described only as a speculative housing development. He said that there will be some social housing, but it will be at 80% of market rent. He is cracking a pretty good joke, because in that area 80%...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Most Londoners cannot afford 80% of market rents. A newly appointed consultant surgeon at Great Ormond Street hospital would not be able to afford rent of £30,000 a year. If it is not affordable for a new consultant surgeon, who is it affordable for?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The main objective of High Speed 2 is to promote economic development in five cities—Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester—but if the £50 billion were broken up into five nuggets of £10 billion and offered to each of those cities to promote economic development, does the Minister think that the first thing they would do is to club together to buy a railway?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Given the experience in my area of the privatised Royal Mail proposals for the redevelopment of its brownfield site at Mount Pleasant—the views of Islington and Camden councils and all the local people were overridden by a one-man decision by the Mayor of London—most people in my area will be dubious about any form of arrangement that does not continue to give primary powers to the...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: I am pleased to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Let me start by presenting the apologies of the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan)—who is your hon. Friend, Mr Hollobone, and also my friend—who wished to be here but is otherwise engaged meeting representatives of the European Commission in Brussels to discuss the environmental shortcomings of High Speed...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: It is, admittedly, difficult for anybody respectable not to be involved with tax-dodging companies, given that HSBC, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds are all tax-dodging companies, while PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and people like that are also heavily involved in tax dodging and have whole office blocks devoted exclusively to it. It is quite difficult to get away from that. I would like to make one...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Did my hon. Friend hear the violins playing as he read that out?

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will my hon. Friend clarify who will make final planning decisions? It seems possible to me that they will be deemed to be so strategic that they devolve, if that is the right word, to the Mayor, and we will have a one-person planning committee. It will be case of one man, one vote; the Mayor will say, “I am the man, and this is my vote.”

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: My hon. Friend referred to Canary Wharf. It is sometimes proclaimed that Canary Wharf produced about 20,000 white-collar jobs in the area, but what is seldom mentioned is that 20,000 blue-collar jobs disappeared at approximately the same time, and that while the marble halls of the office blocks were being constructed, very little was being done to improve the quality of housing on the...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — National Infrastructure Projects (Local Development) (12 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Is it not the case that, in effect, the commitments for the planning of London since the second world war involved a great bargain with Londoners? That bargain was: “We will have more of you living in the air, in high-rise blocks, but in exchange for that we will provide more compensatory open space.” Any new high-rise that is not providing compensatory open space is breaking that social...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Will the Exchequer Secretary give way?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is absolutely essential that if people have swindled their tax, confessed and avoided going to court, their names are disclosed, even if they are great big corporations or wealthy individuals, in the same way as a small business in Swindon would have its name disclosed if it was being pursued by the Inland Revenue?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The hon. Gentleman should complete the quotation. I am not usually regarded as the greatest defender of Lord Mandelson, but the part-sentence he has just quoted was followed by the words “providing they pay their fair share of tax”.

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: HSBC had a lot of customers in Switzerland with secret bank accounts, and it helped them and conspired with them to break British law. Even if HMRC does not want to do anything about it, it seems to me that it was obtaining financial advantage by deception, which is a general crime, not something that needs to be prosecuted by HMRC. Why are the names of these self-confessed tax swindlers kept...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: No I will not, because other Members want to speak. Between them, the big four banks have 1,649 subsidiaries located in tax havens. So far, we know about the wrongdoing of only one of them. When will the Government start to find out what the other 1,648 have been up to, and probably still are up to, in tax havens abroad? We know that all four big banks will have been involved in money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Francis Report: Update and Response (11 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: May I warn the Secretary of State not to think that because he has decided something and because a circular has been issued, something has happened? In 1998, against a lot of opposition, I insisted that the whistleblowing law should apply to the NHS. I also issued a circular banning the use of gagging clauses. As I said in my discussion with Sir Robert Francis on this whole issue, it clearly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (9 Feb 2015)

Frank Dobson: The public cannot understand why the names of these self-confessed tax swindlers are remaining secret. Will the Government publish the list of those with whom HMRC has come to an agreement, so that the public can see it and we can check it against the list of donors to the Tory party?


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