Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for sitting down even before I had intervened.
Stephen Kinnock: It seems that this is an issue around resourcing and having the people in place—the handful of experts that we need to study the blockchains. Will the Minister assure the Committee that that resourcing will be provided?
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications are outstanding as of 16 November.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by which date a (a) category four and (b) other applicant to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy would need to have applied if they were to have received a decision before 1 November 2022.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications are considered in date order; and whether applications that are lost by his Department and subsequently resubmitted would be considered according to the date on which they were initially submitted.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of a criminal offence under section 40 of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) civil and (b) criminal penalties have been imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority on cryptoasset businesses for breaches of a relevant requirement under regulation 86 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, as amended, in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2022.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of businesses currently on the list of unregistered cryptoasset businesses maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority have been subject to (a) civil and (b) criminal penalties in relation to any failure to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 as amended.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government’s policy is on the potential expansion of the definition of Art Market Participants within the Money Laundering Regulations to include (a) digital works of art, (b) Non-Fungible Tokens and (c) antiques and antiquities.
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contractual obligations hotels providing contingency accommodation for asylum seekers are under; and whether these obligations ensure unaccompanied asylum-seeking children do not go missing.
Stephen Kinnock: The clause provides for certain changes to be made to the Companies Act via regulations using Henry VIII powers, where necessary, to bring the Act into line with the provisions in part 1 of the Bill. The Government’s use of Henry VIII powers to change primary legislation has generated some criticism in other contexts, but the provision that the Government have made in this clause for the...
Stephen Kinnock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Sir Christopher. Compared with clause 135, clauses 136, 137 and 157 are more substantial. In drafting them, the Government appear to have accepted that the existing law in relation to false statement offences is too narrow to serve either as an effective deterrent or as a useful tool for law enforcement. Clause 136 removes the requirement to...
Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for that clarification. Does he have any broader assurances around enforcement and implementation? It would be useful to get a sense of what institutional or organisational capability he envisages, and of whether that is in line with what the Bill is trying to achieve.
Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for those assurances. I have no further comments.
Stephen Kinnock: Clause 138 is another relatively minor change to the definition of a company’s service address, and it brings the definition used for the purposes of the overseas entities register into line with the language in the Companies Act. That language, the Committee will recall, defines a service address as a place where documents may be served to someone. We have already debated the potential...
Stephen Kinnock: The clause makes some relatively minor changes to the language on the requirement to provide information requested by the registrar. The effect is to extend the existing restrictions on the ability of an overseas entity to deal with property it owns, such as by selling it, in order to apply the restrictions to companies that fail to comply with the registrar’s requests for information. The...
Stephen Kinnock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Elliott. I want to make a few general points about registers of beneficial ownership and have a number of questions for the Minister, as a preamble to commenting on clause 135 specifically. Registers of beneficial ownership are not, of course, a new concept. We have had one for UK companies, namely the people of significant control...
Stephen Kinnock: On that point about staffing, I think the Minister’s point is that there will be a last-minute rush. Is he confident that the current staffing levels are sufficient to cope with that last-minute rush—that surge?
Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for that. Does he have any thoughts on the interface between the Land Registry and the register of beneficial owners? It appears that a lot of the information on the Land Registry is seriously outdated. What steps are being taken to address that challenge, and does he see a risk in the communication between them?
Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Albanians arrived in the UK on small boats between 1 June 2022 and 31 October 2022; and how many and what proportion of these Albanians stated that they intended to apply for asylum.