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Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 67 - Civil asset recovery in cases of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I meant, in summary, the economic effect. The impact is that agencies have much greater latitude to bring cases against bad people in American courts without fear of what it will do to their enforcement budget. That is exactly where we need our enforcement agencies to be. If we are going to strengthen their hand, to really effectively police the problem and to respect what the Government need...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 67 - Civil asset recovery in cases of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The Minister has had quite an education since becoming a Minister and joining the ranks of the Government, because, of course, it was in the Foreign Affairs Committee report on tackling illicit finance in which he authored a number of quite strong words about the need to reform and improve the regime for unexplained wealth orders, which are an important legal innovation. They are looked up to...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 66 - Default supervisory authority for independent legal professionals (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. In a way, new clause 66 builds on the debate we have just had, but it takes the proposed reform in a slightly different direction. The Minister is well aware that in earlier debates we touched on the problem that when lawyers engage in work that falls squarely within the scope of money laundering regulations, there is a risk that regulated...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 66 - Default supervisory authority for independent legal professionals (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The Minister made the case for the new clause rather well. I am grateful for his confession that significant numbers of businesses are in effect not covered by a default supervisor. If anything, he will have alarmed those listening from the other place who will, no doubt, want to pick up the new clause and build on it, especially given the Minister’s intention—sotto voce, I think—to try...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 67 - Civil asset recovery in cases of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The new clause would cap legal costs where the Government try to bring unexplained wealth orders into effect. That point was picked up by the Foreign Affairs Committee when it was ably chaired by the Minister for Security. It also featured heavily in the economic crime manifesto which the other Minister helped launch in Westminster Abbey not too long ago, in the heady days of summer, when he...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 64 - Disclosure of information in the public interest likely to be relevant to the investigation of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful for the chance to intervene, because I sense that the Minister has almost reached the conclusion of his remarks without giving the Committee the date on which a more comprehensive proposal, which is what he argues for, will be presented to the House. We know that the Ministry of Justice has already conducted its consultation, and that the consultation responses have been...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 64 - Disclosure of information in the public interest likely to be relevant to the investigation of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The truth is that people will be appalled by this debate. We gathered an enormous number of campaign groups and journalists together in the House on Tuesday evening, at a function that I had the privilege to co-sponsor with the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden. The kinetic energy behind reform is significant. The law will change—we will get there—but the question is whether...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 64 - Disclosure of information in the public interest likely to be relevant to the investigation of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The hon. Member is not just a practising solicitor, but clearly also a recovering solicitor. The SRA has been on the front foot in wanting to crack down on some of the bad behaviour. We had this debate in January on the Floor of the House; it was one of the best debates I have seen in 18 years in this place. What became clear was that, although there are some in the legal profession who do...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 64 - Disclosure of information in the public interest likely to be relevant to the investigation of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right that the whole strategy behind a strategic legal action against the public participant is not to win: they just want to damage their opponent to such an extent that they cannot afford to tell the truth. It has been a disappointing debate, and it will disappoint many of the people who are watching and following it. It is unfortunate timing, because the...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 64 - Disclosure of information in the public interest likely to be relevant to the investigation of economic crime (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Sir Christopher. I thank the Minister for Security, along with the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) and the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Bob Seely), who have worked assiduously on this issue over the course of this year. In many ways, we have debated this issue a lot during our consideration of the Bill. There is a...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 54 - Entities from high-risk jurisdictions: prohibition on ownership of UK land (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: No one could accuse the Minister of being an innocent abroad in a world that is not innocent, but I have to ask him whether he seriously believes the content of the paragraphs that he has just read out. I have no doubt that there are countries around the world that have said that they are going to increase their AML supervision, but we now have a situation in this country where we have some...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 54 - Entities from high-risk jurisdictions: prohibition on ownership of UK land (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: As the Minister knows, I am one of the Members who pushed for the Government to toughen up their sanctions after they left so many people off the sanctions list the first time around. Going forward, how is he going to stop bad people from bad countries who have no intention of improving their AML regulation buying mansions in London?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 54 - Entities from high-risk jurisdictions: prohibition on ownership of UK land (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful for the chance to put the question where it belongs, which is back on the Minister. The question was very simple: how is he going to ensure that bad people who happen to live in bad countries are prohibited from buying assets here in London? How is he going to do that? Tell us!

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 54 - Entities from high-risk jurisdictions: prohibition on ownership of UK land (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: We may as well pursue this to its death—I am grateful to the Minister for being so generous in giving way. Let us take the example of Usmanov. He has only recently been sanctioned, but when we read the indictment, we see that it is very clear that he has been an associate, colleague and enabler of President Putin for an awfully long time. The sanctions came ex post facto, after he had been...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 54 - Entities from high-risk jurisdictions: prohibition on ownership of UK land (24 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I am grateful for the chance to clarify. The Minister is engaged in the old debating tactic of putting the question back on me, but the question is on him: how is he going to stop individuals like Usmanov buying property in London in the future? What safeguards does he think he has in place? When a sanction has not yet been put in place, how is he going to stop people about whom we have...


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