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Arts Council England Funding: Coalfield Communities (20 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: The statistics the Minister has given would be reasonable if between a quarter and a third of the British population lived in London, but they do not. Moreover, although the Arts Council is at arm’s length, the Minister has under his own control a significant budget that he could use if he wished to make up for the deficiencies in Arts Council distribution.

Arts Council England Funding: Coalfield Communities (20 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: Before the Minister concludes, we know what the problem is, and we know it is difficult, but we want to know what he is going to do about it.

Arts Council England Funding: Coalfield Communities (20 Feb 2018)

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Arts Council England Funding: Coalfield Communities (20 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend is making a passionate case. I think the bias is for London and against the regions. Not so long ago, the whole of Lincolnshire was given 25p per person. What can be done with 25p per person? That is absurd. At the same time, London was getting 14 times as much as the average across the rest of the nation.

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

Helen Goodman: On negative and affirmative resolutions, the Minister is choosing to draw a distinction based on the origin of the sanctions—whether they are from the UN or the EU—but would there not be a greater logic in drawing a distinction between individual sanctions on people, which obviously have to be done quickly, and the rules of the game for the regimes, where the House would be...

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

Helen Goodman: Perhaps the hon. Lady would like to ask the Minister whether the powers he is taking in chapter 3—temporary powers in relation to EU sanctions lists—will not give him the power to enforce the fifth money laundering directive.

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

Helen Goodman: This is one of many Bills that we need because of our impending departure from the European Union. We agree that sanctions are a crucial lever in our foreign policy armoury. Indeed, their use and usefulness is demonstrated by the fact that we have 36 sanctions regimes on countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and covering terrorist organisations such as Daesh and al-Qaeda. We accept...

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

Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Quite a lot of the money that is hidden is hidden by corrupt regimes, particularly in Africa. A major criticism of the Bill as first drafted was of its Henry VIII clauses. Throughout, the Bill was giving Ministers the power to make regulations—in other words, to make law that cannot be amended by Parliament and is sometimes made without even any...

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

Helen Goodman: I am afraid that I do not think the Bill makes that clear. First, it does not include the phrase, “gross human rights abuses”, which the Foreign Secretary just used, and furthermore, it does not refer to public officials. This is a matter that we can debate upstairs in Committee, and I will be happy to do so with the Minister. Another key area that the Government have failed to...

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

Helen Goodman: That is absolutely true, but if the Minister reads a little further into the Bill and looks at clauses 6 and 7 on aircraft and shipping, he will see that there are some problems at that point. Again, we can come back to this in Committee. The Bill states that prohibitions can be applied to UK nationals and companies based in the United Kingdom, but not against companies based or incorporated...

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

Helen Goodman: That is very shocking. I did not know about it. I hope that the hon. Lady will dilate on the matter further during the debate. It is obviously possible for people to buy a property, take in rent in perpetuity and have a clean income. In evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, the surveyor Henry Pryor said: “we do have the equivalent of a welcome mat out for anybody to come if you want...

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

Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend has brought precisely the point to the House in highlighting that unfortunate episode. Registers have been introduced in some of the British overseas territories, but they can be accessed by the authorities in London only when the authorities have a reason to be suspicious. The inadequacy of that approach was demonstrated by the publication of the Panama papers and the Paradise...

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

Helen Goodman: My hon. Friend is right that the situation is complex—we have one legal regime for the overseas territories and another for the Crown dependencies—but I think that that would be beyond the scope of the Bill. The all-party parliamentary group on responsible tax, led by my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge), has been pursuing this agenda energetically...

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

Helen Goodman: I wish the Foreign Secretary was as energetic in his pursuit of the corrupt in this Bill as he is concerned to defend his own record on travelling around the London underground. In the outer-London boroughs, new buildings are bought off plan and some never even have the cellophane unwrapped. Global Witness has found that 86,000 properties in this country are owned by companies in secrecy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: The UK is joint guarantor of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, yet we have seen booksellers abducted, elected legislators barred and student demonstrators imprisoned, and in Guangdong, in December, 10 people were tried in a sports stadium before being executed. Why did the Prime Minister not raise the issue of human rights in public in Beijing? Was it because she does not care or because she...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Sanctions: Democratic Republic of Congo (15 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) individuals, (b) corporations and (c) other entities had assets frozen (i) in the UK, (ii) in the British Overseas Territories and (c) by UK-based institutions as a result of the sanctions applied to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, and what estimate he has made of the value of those assets.

Same-Sex Marriage in Bermuda (8 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) for so eloquently and passionately putting the case against this shameful piece of legislation, which turns same-sex couples into second-class citizens just a year after they had won their equality through the courts. Following a year in which Australia and Chile have joined...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Sanctions (8 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suspected breaches of financial sanctions were reported to the Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) in 2017; what the value was of those breaches; and how many investigations into breaches, by sanctions regime, have (a) been opened and (b) are ongoing since new powers to impose penalties under the Policing and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sanctions (8 Feb 2018)

Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, if he will published the assessments his Department has made of the effectiveness of (a) UN and (b) EU sanctions against (i) individuals, (ii) corporations and (iii) other entities.


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