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Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: New Clause 44 - HMRC anti-money laundering function (24 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...functions.” We want stronger action taken against economic crime, not least because we know the scale at which it comes through the cracks, with the damage that it does to our economy. It seems to me that tightening up the roles and the performance of professional body supervisors and HMRC in some way is an opportunity that we should not miss. The proposed clause would also insert a duty...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 111 - Notification of information about partners (15 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: I thank the Minister for his response. There might be a question about whether confirmation is received or one can go online and check. The Minister’s response does not seem as robust as I was expecting or hoping in relation to this as a potential loophole.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 90 - Disclosure of information (15 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...it to a vote, because this is an area where he will probably see the merits of the argument. He may want to come back to it later, perhaps with a Government proposal, or we may pick it up again. It seems to plug an important gap in a part of the legislation that concerns the disclosure of information. The legislation is proactive, from the point of view of the registrar being able to share...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 84 - Inspection of the register: general (8 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...for criminal purposes. The explanatory notes confirm that the intention is to prevent such information from being disclosed to the public. Excluding information submitted to the registrar in error seems reasonable, as I mentioned earlier, in most cases. With regard to company names used for criminal purposes, I would be grateful if the Minister could clarify whether the intention behind...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 76 - Power to reject documents for inconsistencies (8 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...that have submitted information in good faith before a deadline. If documents are rejected after the deadline, it could result in the company being considered to have not submitted documents. There seems to be a slightly grey area. Would companies be fined for missing deadlines, or would they be given, in the case of a significant document, a short period of, say, seven days to resubmit it...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 66 - Allocation of unique identifiers (8 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...website, for example, where we can look up trustees of a charity and see what other trusteeships they hold—the entries are linked, and that link is done for the reader. Companies House already seems to try to do that, but cannot do it properly because it does not have the data to link people who are directors of different companies. For example, that is why, as I think the hon. Member...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 50 - Abolition of local registers etc (3 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...happens? The wording of proposed new paragraph (d) in clause 66(2)(c) is to “confer power on the registrar…to give a person a new unique identifier”. It is a power, rather than a duty. That seems to be at the heart of the disagreement—is it a power or is it a duty?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 44 - Register of members: name to be included (3 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...such specification of the information that should be required. We absolutely welcome this measure and the encouraging of greater transparency of company shareholders. We support the clause, but it seems to be countered by moves that arguably encourage less transparency of shareholders. In particular, the withdrawal of the central register, with information held only by the company rather...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 49 - Membership information: one-off statement (3 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...number of directors was 1.59, so the number of shareholders was not that much higher. To argue that it would be onerous for the majority of companies to provide shareholder information does not seem so credible when set against the low average number of shareholders by comparison with company directors, as set out in the Government’s own data. I urge the Government to consider this...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 36 - Disqualified directors (3 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...as the Secretary of State may designate in regulations. That would allow the UK Government to specify or choose countries that have disqualification regimes that we would be happy to rely on. It seems that it might be a useful consideration, and I would be grateful for the Minister’s comments on that. On clause 37, section 87 of the 2015 Act contains amendments that have not yet been...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 30 - Registered email addresses etc (1 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ..., and welcome them. Amending the Companies Act to require all companies to maintain an appropriate email address that can be used in correspondence and administrative matters with Companies House seems appropriate. The email address would be trusted, and any emails sent by the registrar would be expected to come to the attention of a person acting on behalf of the company. We therefore...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 1 - The registrar’s objectives (1 Nov 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...our response and defences against economic crime. In evidence given to the Committee, Thom Townsend from Open Ownership stated that the clause—or the important objectives laid out in it— “seems like a ridiculously low bar.”––[Official Report, Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Public Bill Committee, 25 October 2022; c. 63, Q136.] He is absolutely right. I am sure that...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Examination of Witness (27 Oct 2022)

Seema Malhotra: Q Thank you, Mr Barrow, for giving evidence today. To pick up on your point about becoming obsessed, I think that is an understatement of the contribution you are now making, which seems to be identifying so much more than Companies House is doing itself and documenting the flaws in the current system. Why do you think that is the case? You have played a very important role in documenting...

Covid-19 Vaccines: Safety — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (24 Oct 2022)

Danny Kruger: ...that was deliberate; it was possibly accidental. We can tell that with hindsight. Perhaps the most egregious example was the claim that the vaccine is 95% effective; as was mentioned earlier, Dr Malhotra presented on this to the APPG last week. That figure refers simply to the relative risk, instead of the actual or absolute reduction in risk to an individual. The absolute risk reduction...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (7 Sep 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...for raising this issue in their local wards, but the standard response we received from the banks was just not good enough. Around 6,000 bank branches have closed since 2015, yet the Bill does not seem to do anything to protect essential face-to-face banking services. It also makes no commitment to free access to cash—I was surprised that the Minister did not take the opportunity to...

Avanti West Coast (7 Sep 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...for work or to visit family and friends, and they still cannot book a seat on virtually any weekend service for the next two months. News that the TransPennine Express is also reducing services seems to be yet more evidence of a managed decline of our railways under the Conservatives, so what guarantee can the Minister give the House and my constituents that, under the Government, they...

Covid-19 Pandemic: Royal Mail Services — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (19 Apr 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ...that have been raised today, including reporting at a more detailed postcode level, because transparency is not the enemy of democracy. Royal Mail’s recent history has raised concern that it seems to be driven by a mission to increase dividends for shareholders ahead of genuinely fulfilling its responsibilities as the nation’s universal service provider. Following the cuts of 2,000...

Penrose Review: UK Competition and Consumer Policy — [Clive Efford in the Chair] (8 Mar 2022)

Seema Malhotra: I will come on to that, but I think we need legislation. We hope that will be announced in the next Queen’s Speech, but I will come back to that. There seems to be broad consensus for providing the regulators, including the CMA and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, with more powers to protect consumers and hold companies accountable if they are not found to be playing by the rules. That is a...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill: Clause 30 - Extent, Commencement and Short Title (12 Jan 2022)

Seema Malhotra: ..., the Night Time Industries Association and many others. The Minister will have had such meetings too, and heard of the huge ongoing burden that businesses were facing over rent payments; yet it seemed to take the Government months after we, and other stakeholders, made that call to produce the Bill and to set out the arbitration process for rent arrears. In that time, the covid pandemic...

Delegated Legislation: Private International Law (15 Dec 2021)

Seema Malhotra: ...we can bring forward the best possible amendments to legislation. May I also thank Mr Speaker, yourself and the other Deputy Speakers, who deal with all sorts of situations in the House? Every day seems to create a new unique situation to deal with. I can see that all the tools and tricks in the box have been brought out to help manage this Chamber in the best possible way so that we can...


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