Results 1–20 of 4314 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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: The Bill commands general support on both sides of the House, and, like the hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr Djanogly), who made an excellent speech, I welcome it. As currently drafted, however, it fails to include one vital measure that would at a stroke transform Britain’s contribution to the fight against money laundering, tax avoidance and evasion, corruption and financial crime....

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I strongly concur. Interestingly enough, David Cameron recognised that in 2013 when he told the overseas territories to rip aside the “cloak of secrecy” by establishing public registers of beneficial ownership. He wrote to them in 2014 saying that public registers were “vital to meeting the urgent challenges of illicit finance and tax evasion.” In September 2015, he...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I entirely agree. Indeed, if we leave the EU without having implemented reforms that would have an impact on the overseas territories, the EU will blacklist them. I know that there are many principled Conservative Members—including the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell)—who care passionately about transparency, and have championed the cause from both the Back...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: My hon. Friend on the Front Bench is completely right. Finally, while we were all horrified by the destruction wrought by the hurricanes last year, those disasters should never, ever be used as an excuse for allowing kleptocrats, villains and tax evaders to prosper. In a White Paper on the overseas territories published in 2012, the Government stated: “As a matter of constitutional law...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I am intrigued by the hon. Lady’s contribution. We all want to move forward on the basis of consent, but I slightly disagree with her about how fast the overseas territories are moving. It has been five years since David Cameron first encouraged them to develop public registers of interest. Will she give us some indication of when she thinks that the broader interest of having those...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: Given the Secretary of State’s commitment to the EU’s action on money laundering, is he saying that the Government will implement the fifth EU anti-money laundering directive, which requires that we all have public registers of beneficial ownership by the end of 2019?

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I would be most grateful if the Secretary of State would give way again.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I am extremely grateful to the Secretary of State. The reason I asked the question is that the EU’s anti-money laundering directive would have an impact on the UK and Gibraltar. I am interested in whether the Foreign Secretary will implement the directive, given that implementation is required by 2019.

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Margaret Hodge: I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman) on securing the debate. The right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) is talking about this place, but I want to raise another issue. I chaired the Fawcett Society’s inquiry on the representation of women in local government, and it was shocking to discover that only 2% of local...

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...

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...

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...


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