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Tobacco Control Plan: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (Azerbaijan) (19 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for selecting this debate, and I thank the Minister for her attendance. I also thank the people who have helped me to prepare for this debate, particularly at The Guardian, Bellingcat, Transparency International and Global Witness. We in Britain pride ourselves on our integrity, respectability and trustworthiness. We tell ourselves that this is a country that...

Tobacco Control Plan: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (Azerbaijan) (19 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I do, and I will come to that later in my speech. Our corporate rules and our weak regulatory framework are a gift to villains. Far from being proud, we should be ashamed. Today, I want to try to convince the Minister and the Government to act urgently to destroy the opportunities we are allowing, which are exploited by criminals and make us complicit in their crimes. We can stop this, but at...

Tobacco Control Plan: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (Azerbaijan) (19 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I welcome that suggestion and will do that. Ilham Aliyev remains President to this day, and in February this year he appointed his wife Mehriban as First Vice-President, in effect anointing her his successor. According to Human Rights Watch, the ruling élite “continues to wage a vicious crackdown on critics and dissenting voices”. But the Azerbaijani Government do want to be...

Tobacco Control Plan: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (Azerbaijan) (19 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I completely agree with that important point. Money came out of Azerbaijan—nearly half from an account held at the International Bank of Azerbaijan through a shell company linked to the Aliyev family. That bank recently filed for bankruptcy. The other main contributors were two offshore companies with direct connections to a regime insider. It is hard to believe that the money was held...

Tobacco Control Plan: Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (Azerbaijan) (19 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. The Government recently required SLPs to file statements about the persons with significant control associated with them. Only 23% of those registered in 2016—1,176 SLPs—have done so, and of those 1,176 only 28 are British nationals. In the two SLPs associated with the Azerbaijan story, the records state that the bank accounts and the...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate and her powerful contribution. Does she agree that although we welcome the Government’s action on stopping training support for military personnel, the Government should pause all other such programmes that they fund, through the Department for International Development and elsewhere, while we reflect on how best to respond to the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Companies: Registration (16 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that complete and accurate data is provided to Companies House when a UK entity, such as a Scottish Limited Partnership, is formed.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Public Relations: Misrepresentation (16 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward proposals to prevent public relations companies based in the UK undertaking work that aims to misrepresent the human rights record of a person or government.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Services: Registration (16 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Supervised Businesses Register was last updated; and how many firms are currently on that Register.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Services: Registration (16 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether information provided in the Supervised Businesses Register will be published in open data format.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Evasion (9 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many UK nationals have (a) been prosecuted and (b) received a prison sentence for offences related to the Panama Papers data leak.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Advance Pricing Agreements (9 Oct 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 April 2017 to Question 70304, how many Advance Thin Capitalisation agreements were made in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16 and (c) 2016-17; how long it took to reach each such agreement; how many such agreements are still in force; how many intra-group company bodies those agreements apply to; and what the average level of taxable...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Money Laundering (13 Sep 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to ensure UK entities cannot be used as shell companies for money laundering in light of recent allegations against prominent Azerbaijanis.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Foreign Companies: Registration (5 Sep 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on Overseas companies and other legal entities beneficial ownership register.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies: Companies (18 Jul 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether all Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have central registers of beneficial ownership in operation; and what plans he has to make those registers public.

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism: Barking and Dagenham (7 Jul 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent, and from which initiatives, by the Prevent programme in Barking and Dagenham in each of the last five years; and what plans she has to sponsor Prevent programmes in Barking and Dagenham in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19 and (c) 2019-20.

Terror Attacks (22 Jun 2017)

Margaret Hodge: I welcome the Home Secretary’s statement. In the days following both the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, a number of my constituents were arrested, with suspicions around terrorism. This is the first time that that has happened in Barking and Dagenham. Most of my constituents, of all religions, all creeds and all ethnicities, share with all of us the horror at the outrages, the...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Advance Pricing Agreements (24 Apr 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Advance Thin Capitalisation agreements were made in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16; how long it took to reach each such agreement; how many such agreements are still in force; how many intra-group company bodies apply to those agreements; and what the average level of taxable profits was for those agreements.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Outpatients: Attendance (5 Apr 2017)

Margaret Hodge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient (a) ophthalmology, (b) medical ophthalmology, (c) optometry and (d) orthoptic follow-up appointments for adults over 19-years of age were (i) cancelled or (ii) not attended by the patient in 2015-16.


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