Results 1–20 of 4303 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Margaret Hodge

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...

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...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: This speech represents two firsts: I am the first non-lawyer to speak from the Back Benches; and I think I am the first to acknowledge the role played both by our former Prime Minister and by the right hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Sir Eric Pickles), who was the anti-corruption tsar, in providing leadership on anti-corruption. They should both be acknowledged today as their work led...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend’s comments.

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: Indeed. I would also add that the Brexit provisions might also lead to increased activity through the overseas territories and tax havens, so there are several dangers. A number of Members have mentioned the evidence that backs up the importance of the Bill, but I want to point out two or three facts that have not yet been raised. The World Bank reviewed 213 corruption cases from a 30-year...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: In my view, and indeed the British Government’s view, publicising those registers of ownership is crucial. We decided to do that for ourselves, so why are we not using our powers to enforce it on the Crown dependencies and overseas territories? There are multiple reasons why we have decided to do it for ourselves, and I shall mention two of them. First, for many of the poorer countries,...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I, too, have seen that survey. Any action that the Minister takes will be warmly welcomed by the public across the whole of the United Kingdom—by people of all ages and all genders. This is a really important bit of work, and I hope that the Minister will take it seriously. I am concerned about the action taken so far. I am concerned that in December 2015 when we had the Overseas...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I am grateful to the Minister for providing that information. Will he explain why the orders do not apply to politically exposed people inside the European economic area? Will he look again at that issue, because there may occasionally be a relevant instance where that is important?

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I wish to raise two other issues. One arises from a debate held in the House on March 2012, initiated by the hon. Member for Esher and Walton (Mr Raab), on what is known as the Magnitsky-style amendment. The argument there arose from the horrific and brutal killing of Sergei Magnitsky—a Russian lawyer who was tortured and murdered because he uncovered a huge $230 million tax fraud in...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for giving way. I agree with the content of his remarks, but I wish to pursue further the issue that has been raised by the hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson). Does the Minister agree that transparency is absolutely key to trying to tackle some of the corruption and money laundering that take place? If he does agree, why is he not using this...

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Hodge: To be specific about SJS, are there volunteers who have the condition, or relatives of volunteers who have it, in that sample? I do not know what is appropriate; I am not a great scientist, but that would seem to me to be a very useful way of progressing on this particular rare disease, though I recognise it is one of many. Does the Minister know?

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I take that point but I draw to the Minister’s attention the fact that this disease was identified in 1922; it is not entirely new. Early identification means the drug that is causing the problem is withdrawn and the more appropriate treatment can be started. I hope the Minister can go a little bit further.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I beg to move, That this House has considered awareness and funding for treatment of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. It is a delight to move a motion under your chairmanship for the first time, Mrs Gillan, and I am grateful to the Speaker for selecting this issue for debate. I am also grateful to the Minister and look forward to having a positive exchange with him. I...

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (13 Jul 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I completely agree. We are raising awareness through the debate, and I hope that the Minister will take action so we can get early identification and therefore prevent people from suffering the condition’s worst impacts. The condition is rare, and therein lies the problem. I would appreciate it if the Minister addressed the following issues. There is a lack of awareness among many...

Finance Bill: General anti-abuse rule: provisional counteractions (28 Jun 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I am grateful for the support that amendment 1, tabled by my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), has received from MPs on both sides of the Chamber and a range of charities and voluntary organisations. The way in which she prepared for the debate was excellent, and I wish I had done as well, but I was a little distracted by other issues. New clause 9, tabled by me...

Finance Bill: General anti-abuse rule: provisional counteractions (28 Jun 2016)

Margaret Hodge: Will the Minister give way?

Finance Bill: General anti-abuse rule: provisional counteractions (28 Jun 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I want to make two points about the response to whistleblowing. First, as I read the clause, it would lead to a review of whistleblowing in the banking and financial services sector. During my period as the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, we did a lot of work on the whistleblowing from Falciani on the Swiss bank accounts and on the PwC leaks in Luxembourg. What was so interesting was...

Finance Bill: General anti-abuse rule: provisional counteractions (28 Jun 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way, especially as he is in pain. He said earlier that the amendment was “technically flawed”, but that is not the advice that my right hon. Friend has received. It seems to me that, in reality, the Government are more driven by their ideas about tax competition. Will the Minister confirm that that is the case? If it is, I suggest to him...

Backbench Business - Education Funding in Londonbackbench Business (4 May 2016)

Margaret Hodge: I was not going to intervene again, but I have to on the back of that. In its manifesto, the Conservative party said: “Under a future Conservative Government, the amount of money following your child into school will be protected.” Does my hon. Friend agree that changing the formula to take money away from some children is not the right way to meet a manifesto commitment?


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