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Results 1–20 of 975 for speaker:Tristram Hunt

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Tristram Hunt: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bath (Ben Howlett). I rise to speak in this debate and to make my final contribution in this House before I leave to take up the post of director of the Victoria & Albert museum, the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance. It has been a profound privilege to represent Stoke-on-Trent Central in this Chamber for six and a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Mobility (23 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2016 to Question 50295, what methodology her Department plans to use in selecting the next four opportunity areas; and when she expects an announcement to be made on the location of those areas.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Mobility (23 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2016 to Question 50295, how her Department plans to assess the effectiveness of opportunity areas in improving social mobility; and what performance measures such an assessment will include.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Mobility (23 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the £60 million social mobility funding announced by her Department on 4 October 2016 will be spent on (a) early years funding, (b) the Government's 30 hours free childcare policy and (c) frontline education.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Public register of beneficial ownership of UK property by companies registered outside the UK (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I thank the Minister for his response. I understand that such a register throws up legal complexities and matters to do with the interrelationship between the English property market and legal system and the Scottish and Welsh ones. That is why it should be a UK-wide process. I am willing to admit that six months might seem a little aggressive in terms of the full publication of the register....

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offences: exclusion from public procurement (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause builds on new clause 6, which we looked at earlier. Exclusion is the key means of incentivising good corporate governance. The threat of exclusion from public procurement is known to be one that companies fear more than fines. Making the new offences subject to exclusion would ensure that companies take preventing such...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offences: exclusion from public procurement (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I thank the Minister for his answer. As my hon. Friend the Member for Bootle quietly alluded, this might be something we will have to look at again amid the welter of opportunities—count them!—thrown up by Brexit. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] As a result of European regulations, I am willing to accept the Minister’s point. On Report, will he say whether we could have included in...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offences: exclusion from public procurement (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I thank the Minister. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offences: reporting (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would “require the Secretary of State reports annually on the number of prosecutions brought and convictions made for failure to prevent the facilitation of UK and foreign tax evasion offences.” That is connected to an earlier new clause about culture change within Government to ensure the right degree of ministerial...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion offences: reporting (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I will not detain the Committee with an inquiry into the difference between “weighty” and “obscure”; these things can often be lost in the mists of time. As we did not quite generate the success that we needed to on new clause 11, I will not put the measure to a Division. However, I urge the Minister to ensure that, having created this interesting Bill and having delivered these...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Public register of beneficial ownership of UK property by companies registered outside the UK (22 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The purpose of new clause 14 is to require the Secretary of State to establish a publicly accessible register of the beneficial ownership of UK property by foreign companies within six months of the commencement of the Act. That is another helpful intervention to support the Minister in his work.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I had a terrible fear about the rule of law for a minute there. We tabled new clause 11 to help the Minister. It would require the Secretary of State to make an annual report to Parliament about the number of unexplained wealth orders made each year. It is really about helping to drive culture change through the Government, the Departments and the agencies involved in this excellent set of...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: New clause 12 seeks to add to amendment 2 and put a duty to prevent corruption in the Bill, to strengthen the hand of the Minister and the agencies involved. As we have heard, the UK is still considered a global haven for money laundering. According to a Home Affairs Committee report on the proceeds of crime, it is estimated that more than £100 billion is laundered through London’s...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I am happy for the amendment to be withdrawn, but it would be nice to hear something more on Report. I take the point about the precision of focusing on corruption when other serious criminal activities are involved, but some language on a duty to prevent corruption would be good. The important element is the duty; I hope that the wording on corruption and other serious criminal activity...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I beg to move amendment 59, in clause 1, page 3, leave out line 28. This amendment would allow unexplained wealth orders to be issued to politically exposed persons in the United Kingdom and EEA States.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: The amendment is explained by the explanatory statement. You will know, Sir Alan, that in 2014 Slovenia’s former Prime Minister, Janez Janša, was found guilty of taking bribes during the course of a €278 million arms deal with a Finnish state-owned contractor. Politically exposed persons were also among the 12 people referred to a criminal court in Cyprus earlier this year to stand trial...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (17 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: I thank the Minister for his comprehensive response, including on the evidential threshold, and the hon. Member for Dover for his point concerning the energy with which some financial institutions in the UK have approached PEPs, even—dare I say it?—on car insurance. On the basis of the Minister’s argument, I am willing to withdraw the amendment, but I fear that this may be returned to...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Examination of witnesses (15 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: Q Could the Committee have some examples from Global Witness of case studies of that three-way process—the extraction of wealth, often from developing nations, the facilitation via London and the hiding of that wealth in overseas territories or Crown dependencies? It would be good to have some narrative examples. Secondly, one issue that has been put to the Committee and on which I will...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Examination of Witness (15 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: Q Our previous witness from Christian Aid proposed the idea of looking into unexplained wealth orders for overseas territories. I just want to know your views on that.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Nov 2016)

Tristram Hunt: Q I was struck by what you said about the debate in Africa about the amount of money flowing out of that continent. We obviously give a huge amount of money to different countries in Africa through development aid. Will you give us a sense of the nature of people’s frustration about some of the money leaving the continent of Africa and their analysis of where they see London and its role...


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