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Written Answers — Home Office: Undocumented Migrants: Detainees (2 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is the Government's policy to provide legal advice to people who arrive in the UK in small boats and are transferred to the former Ministry of Defence site in Manston, Kent for initial processing in their own language.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 28 - Registered office: appropriate addresses (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: It is difficult for me to match what my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking has so eloquently said and what other colleagues have said. I think we need to reinforce the point that we need somewhere in the Bill a very clear indication that it is the duty of the registrar to conduct risk-based assessments. If not, the Bill will leave a loophole, and we should not allow that to happen. I...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 28 - Registered office: appropriate addresses (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Would the Minister consider a PO box address to be an appropriate address—yes or no?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 28 - Registered office: appropriate addresses (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I beg to move amendment 86, in clause 28, page 17, line 14, at end insert— “(2A) An address is not an ‘appropriate address’ if— (a) it is not a place where the business of the company is regularly carried out; (b) the registrar, upon inspection, has reasonable grounds to suspect that the company does not have permission to use the address; or (c) it is a PO Box address. (2B)...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 28 - Registered office: appropriate addresses (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: This important amendment seeks to clarify the Bill’s definition of an appropriate address for a company’s registration. We have talked many times, both in this Committee and elsewhere, about red flags in company formation and registration. It must be an overriding aim of the Bill to ensure that any indicators of suspicious activity can be swiftly and easily identified in order to ensure...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for coming back in such detail on our points. We certainly look forward to studying new clause 34. We have not really had an opportunity to look at it yet, but it is great to see that the Minister and his team have taken our amendments on board and come up with something that will hopefully enable us to find common ground. I want to make two additional points. The first...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for that response. My second point is on clause 15, which considers changing names. As we have said, the clause is a welcome recognition of the issues around name changes and companies using names for fraudulent purposes—trying to give themselves connections to well-known brands and so on. Many legitimate companies that raise objections via the company names tribunal...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: In the light of the fact that new clause 34 has been tabled, which we have not yet had the opportunity to study, we will not press the amendment. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Excellent. We support clause 16, which gives extra powers to the Secretary of State to direct a company to change its name only if he or she deems it to be as little as “a risk of harm” and makes it clear that harm can apply outside the UK. However, in clauses 15 and 16, the Bill seeks to broaden the scope of misleading or otherwise harmful effect, which can be used as grounds to require...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The Minister is being very generous in giving way. The issue with clause 16 is the term “pose a risk of harm to the public”, which seems to be very broad. Can he expand on how that risk might be more clearly defined? Can he give a practical example of how the proposed powers might be used?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Briefly on clause 17, I would just like to mark the card because, again, there is an issue with the use of the phrase: “The period must be a period of at least 28 days” in proposed new section 76A(3) of the Companies Act. I suggest that that phrase should be replaced with “This period must be a period of no more than 28 days, beginning with the date of direction”, because I think it...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I beg to move amendment 87, in clause 14, page 8, line 11, leave out “at least” and insert “no more than”. This amendment, and Amendments 88 to 93 would require that, when a company is ordered to change its name under the provisions of this Bill (including in cases where the name is considered misleading or it may facilitate criminal activity) the company must comply with the...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Bardell. I add to the comments of my right hon. and hon. Friends in welcoming the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton, to his place. Over the past few weeks and months, it has been a bit difficult to keep track of who is going where and of the blizzard of appointments....

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Up to and including clause 27, finishing, and then moving on to clause 28. Thank you for that clarification, Ms Bardell. The National Crime Agency estimates that £100 billion of dirty money flows through the UK every year and that fraud is causing £190 billion of damage to our economy. According to PwC, 64% of businesses have experienced fraud, corruption, or other economic or financial...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for that response. As he pointed out, he had to read the provision several times in order to be clear on the drafting. Clause 14 (5)(3) says: “The period must be a period of at least 28 days”. Our intention is to make it clear that it has to happen within 28 days. There is a clear difference between “at least” and “within”. “At least” gives the impression...

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Maybe the Minister and I are just not seeing it through the same lens. I agree that there should be a fixed period, but I think it should be clearly defined that the fixed period must be a maximum of 28 days. Does the Minister think that the Bill as drafted makes that clear?

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: You are absolutely right to keep us in line, Ms Bardell. We need to ensure we can operationalise the Bill in the clearest and most succinct way that leaves absolutely no room for doubt. The Bill is designed to regulate a sector of the economy that is like water; if it can find cracks to slip through, it will find them. We are trying to close those loopholes.

Public Bill Committee: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill: Clause 14 - Directions to change name: period for compliance (1 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: My right hon. Friend has hit the nail on the head. I hope the Minister will reflect on that. Moving on to clauses 15 to 22, we are content with clause 15, which would allow for objections based on the company name being misleading outside the UK and for the shareholders and directors of said company to be joined as respondents or defenders in the claim. In their February 2022 White Paper, the...

Written Answers — Home Office: National Crime Agency: Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar (31 Oct 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department’s policies of the Memorandum of Understanding with Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar on information and intelligence-sharing with the National Crime Agency; what the terms of information and intelligence-sharing under that Memorandum are; and if...


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