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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...

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: The Minister is being characteristically generous with his time. Is he therefore reassuring the Committee that if the provisions in the Bill had been in place, Usmanov would have been prohibited from buying a mansion three years ago—yes or no?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Ukraine: State Visits (23 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the visit of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine to Eton College on 16 November 2022 was conducted in a public or private capacity.

G20 (17 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: The Prime Minister will know that the last G20 summit agreed to on-lend $100 billion of IMF special drawing rights to help tackle the crisis of food fragility and climate finance in the global south. To date, we have agreed to share much less of our entitlement than both France and China. The crisis is now. Will the Prime Minister look again at how we can increase our on-lending to this...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bill of Rights Bill (17 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Leader of the House on the timing of the second reading of the Bill of Rights Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 89 - Fees: costs that may be taken into account (15 Nov 2022)

Liam Byrne: I think we all welcome the revelation that fees will be set shortly. What month of the year does the Minister think that might be?


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