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Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Margaret Hodge: White van man and white van woman will rest easier if the Government successfully bring in all moneys due. Will the Minister explain why he has limited the scope of the Finance Bill in such a way that amendments cannot be tabled to ensure that we have a date by which measures such as country-by-country reporting, which is crucial to bringing in tax that is otherwise avoided, should be introduced?

Oman, Uae and Iran: Point of Order (11 Dec 2017)

Margaret Hodge: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wish to apologise sincerely to the House for inadvertently acting in breach of our code of conduct when I used parliamentary resources during my independent review of the garden bridge. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and the Committee on Standards have both concluded that I was not motivated by financial gain. I acted in good faith and in the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Montserrat: Companies (4 Dec 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Montserrat’s public register of beneficial ownership to be published; and what support in publishing that register the Government is providing.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Anguilla: Companies (4 Dec 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Anguilla’s register of beneficial ownership to be published; for what reasons publication has been delayed; and what support the UK providing to assist Anguilla in publishing the register.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Collection (24 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of £160 billion of extra revenue that HM Revenue and Customs estimates has been secured as a result of tax compliance activities has been collected.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Collection (24 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much extra revenue HM Revenue and Customs secured during the years 1997 to 2010 as a result of tax compliance activities.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Companies: Ownership (24 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times HM Revenue and Customs has requested beneficial ownership information from each register of beneficial ownership from the UK's Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies since 1 July 2017.

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: That is not secured money; it is money to which HMRC feels it is entitled, but has yet to secure. My experience from the Swiss Falciani leak suggests that intentions do not become reality.

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: It is a pleasure to speak before you this afternoon, Mrs Main. I join others in congratulating the hon. Member for Amber Valley (Nigel Mills) on securing this debate. I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on actually getting this practice on to the statute book in 2016. I will just add, very briefly, to what has been said so far. It is great...

Public Country-by-Country Reporting (22 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: The Minister is nodding his head, but the Government should be honest with us. The figure of £160 billion that is currently used—I have heard it used time and time again—is simply an HMRC estimate of the money due from tax avoidance that it has uncovered. It does not tell us how much has been collected or how much has been added to the coffers. Since the Minister used the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Companies: Ownership (20 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Attorney General, how many times the Serious Fraud Office has requested beneficial ownership information from each register of beneficial ownership from the UK's Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies since 1 July 2017.

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for allowing this debate, and to all Members who have participated, particularly those who looked beyond narrow political party interest and more at the public interest. We cannot allow the serious issues raised by the Paradise papers today simply to become the fish and chips wrappers of tomorrow. It is our responsibility as lawmakers to do all that we can,...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: The Minister did raise that point last week, and the House should know that it is not in the gift of either The Guardian or “Panorama” to release those papers. They are not able to do that.

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I will certainly join the Minister in seeking any documentation that HMRC requires to pursue those who are guilty of avoidance or evasion. I would say to him, however, that when I have given papers to HMRC in the past—whether relating to Google or from other whistleblowers—they have just disappeared and no action ever appears to have been taken.

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I beg to move, That this House has considered the systemic issues enabling tax avoidance and evasion uncovered by the Paradise Papers. The actions and the culture of powerful large corporations and of the wealthiest in our society, as revealed in the Paradise papers, constitute a national and international disgrace. What we have learned is that tax avoidance is not just a trivial irritant...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I completely agree with my hon. Friend’s remarks, which are very pertinent to what we will be discussing in the debate. Paying tax is an essential part of the social contract into which we all enter as members of a community. As members of society, we agree to abide by a set of rules and regulations that make all our lives better. One of those rules is that we agree to contribute...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I am really pleased the hon. Gentleman has given me the opportunity to explain the circumstances to the House. My father and his cousins were refugees from Germany. My father was then a refugee from Egypt, so he was a double refugee. I remember as a child that he often said to me, “You will never feel safe in this country. Always have your suitcase ready.” He did keep money...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I agree with the hon. Lady that resourcing HMRC is absolutely central to the fight against tax avoidance and evasion. Tax avoidance is completely different from tax planning, whereby, for example, Parliament intended to encourage people to save for their pension by introducing ISAs with tax breaks. Tax avoiders, on the other hand, thwart the intention of Parliament. Their action means our...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely central point to what we will be asking for today. Not only does the behaviour of a few damage trust in the system as a whole, but it damages the public services our taxes are used to fund. At a time when the NHS is under such pressure, when public sector workers have had their wages held down for years and our schools are struggling to deliver the best...

Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition): Tax Avoidance and Evasion (14 Nov 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I hope that the right hon. Lady will listen to the whole of my speech. I think she will acknowledge, as we move forward, that a little progress has been made but not enough. I agree that the previous Labour Government’s record on tackling tax avoidance was not as good as I would have wanted, but the record and actions of this Government are inadequate and somewhat hypocritical. Their...


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