Margaret Hodge Portrait

Margaret Hodge

Labour - Barking

3 APPG memberships (as of 6 Oct 2021)
Anti-Corruption and Responsible Tax, Antisemitism, War Crimes
3 Former APPG memberships
Corruption, Holocaust Memorial, Responsible Tax
Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion
15th Nov 2016 - 6th Nov 2019
Liaison Committee (Commons)
19th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Public Accounts Commission
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Public Accounts Committee
10th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Culture and Tourism)
12th May 2010 - 10th Jun 2010
Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture and Tourism)
22nd Sep 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism)
29th Jun 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Minister of State (Industry and the Regions)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)
10th May 2005 - 5th May 2006
Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children)
13th Jun 2003 - 10th May 2005
Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education)
11th Jun 2001 - 13th Jun 2003
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment) (Employment and Equal Opportunities)
28th Jul 1998 - 10th Jun 2001
Liaison Committee (Commons)
14th Jul 1997 - 16th Nov 1998
Education & Employment
21st Mar 1997 - 9th Nov 1998
Education Sub-committee
23rd Jul 1997 - 9th Nov 1998
Employment Sub-committee
23rd Jul 1997 - 9th Nov 1998
Education & Employment
15th Nov 1995 - 9th Nov 1998
Education Sub-committee
15th Nov 1995 - 9th Nov 1998
Deregulation
26th Feb 1996 - 21st Mar 1997


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Division Votes
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Environment Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 164 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 179
Speeches
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Working People’s Finances: Government Policy

I have listened very carefully to my hon. Friend’s really excellent exposition of a whole raft of issues that have …

Written Answers
Monday 25th October 2021
International Corruption Unit: Prosecutions
To ask the Attorney General, how many cases referred by the National Crime Agency's International Corruption Unit the Crown Prosecution …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 25th October 2017
DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA
That this House is shocked by the murder of the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia; celebrates her role in …
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 18th October 2021
1. Employment and earnings
23 September 2021, payment of £120 from YouGov, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1 8RT, for a survey. Hours: 1.5 hrs. …
EDM signed
Monday 25th October 2021
Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Margaret Hodge has voted in 244 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
Wendy Morton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(4 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(17 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(3 debate contributions)
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Barking Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Barking signature proportion
Petition Open
105
of 7,755 signatures (1.35%)
Petition Open
3,041
of 388,422 signatures (0.78%)
Margaret Hodge has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Margaret Hodge

23rd September 2021
Margaret Hodge signed this EDM on Monday 25th October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
110 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 76
Scottish National Party: 11
Liberal Democrat: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
20th September 2021
Margaret Hodge signed this EDM on Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Palliative care

Tabled by: Siobhain McDonagh (Labour - Mitcham and Morden)
That this House notes with concern a recent report by Marie Curie which predicts a 42 per cent increase in demand for end-of-life care by 2040; acknowledges the lack of funding for palliative care in the UK; recognises the crucial role end-of-life care has played during the covid-19 pandemic; understands …
31 signatures
(Most recent: 27 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 19
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Independent: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Margaret Hodge has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Margaret Hodge has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Margaret Hodge has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Margaret Hodge has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


65 Written Questions in the current parliament

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15th Oct 2021
To ask the Attorney General, how many referrals the Crown Prosecution Service has received from the National Crime Agency's International Corruption Unit for charging decisions for each year in the last five years.

The CPS is committed to tackling economic crime, including where these crimes span multiple jurisdictions. The CPS works closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other investigative agencies; this includes providing early investigative advice on cases, obtaining evidence from overseas using mutual legal assistance and proving support through its network of prosecutors deployed overseas.

The CPS does not breakdown referrals by individual departments within the NCA. The following data is available which shows the number of cases received by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division from the National Crime Agency for pre-charge decisions.

Pre-charge decision receipts

2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021
112620642

The following shows number of cases where charging decisions have been reached.

Pre-charge decision finalisations

2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021
02264234

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Attorney General, how many cases referred by the National Crime Agency's International Corruption Unit the Crown Prosecution Service has reached charging decisions on for each year in the last five years.

The CPS is committed to tackling economic crime, including where these crimes span multiple jurisdictions. The CPS works closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other investigative agencies; this includes providing early investigative advice on cases, obtaining evidence from overseas using mutual legal assistance and proving support through its network of prosecutors deployed overseas.

The CPS does not breakdown referrals by individual departments within the NCA. The following data is available which shows the number of cases received by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division from the National Crime Agency for pre-charge decisions.

Pre-charge decision receipts

2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021
112620642

The following shows number of cases where charging decisions have been reached.

Pre-charge decision finalisations

2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021
02264234

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government’s commitment to have an operational register in place in 2021, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

The Government remains determined to ensure there is no safe space for illicit finance or corruption in our society. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) completed a landmark review of the UK’s regime for tackling money laundering and terrorist financing in December 2018, concluding that we have some of the strongest controls in the world.

The register will be the first of its kind in the world. It is essential that the new requirements are workable, proportionate and that the register strikes the right balance between improving transparency and minimising burdens on legitimate commercial activity.

The Government is amending the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill in line with the recommendations of the 2019 Joint Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Committee. This will make the legislation as effective as possible in tackling the use of UK property for the purpose of money laundering.

I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement I made updating the House of Commons on its progress in May 2020, Official Report, 21 July 2020, Column HCWS413.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2020 to Question 57275, which proposals for Companies House reform are still under consideration and not finalised.

The Government is currently considering a broad package of reforms to Companies House to ensure it is fit for the future and continues to contribute to the UK’s business environment. Last year’s consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform received a significant number of responses and an official government response with detailed proposals for the way forward will be published shortly.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the response to the consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform that closed in August 2019.

The Government is currently considering a broad package of reforms to Companies House to ensure it is fit for the future and continues to contribute to the UK’s business environment. This would amount to the most significant reform of the UK’s company registration framework since a?companies?register was first introduced in 1844, and it is important, therefore, to take the time to get it right.

The consultation received a significant number of responses and an official government response with detailed proposals for the way forward will be published in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will re-evaluate extending the scope of the forthcoming Online Safety Bill to include regulation of paid-for advertisements on online platforms in the context of user-generated content.

The Online Safety Bill has been designed to tackle harms that are facilitated by user-generated content. Some types of advertising will therefore be in scope of the new regulatory framework. This includes posts by influencers and posts by companies on their social media feeds.

The legislation will not cover adverts which are placed directly or indirectly through a contract between an advertiser and an advertising service. This is to ensure that the scope of the framework remains targeted.

Government plans to address harms associated with paid-for advertising holistically, via the Online Advertising Programme. We issued a call for evidence on this last year, a consultation is planned before the end of the year.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of whether the Government support package for culture and arts in response to the covid-19 outbreak will cover box office losses in the event that theatres produce outdoor work or socially-distanced indoor performances.

On 5 July, the Government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Guidance has been published by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for applicants to the Culture Recovery Grants application rounds, and by Arts Council England for applicants to the £270 million Repayable Finance Scheme.

Further details on costs that can be supported through the package are available in the published guidance with organisations being asked to provide a plan for how funding will enable them to achieve financial viability in the way that is appropriate for their organisation.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government's package of support for the arts in response to the covid-19 outbreak will support theatres to continue undertaking community outreach and education work.

On 5 July, the Government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Guidance has been published by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for applicants to the Culture Recovery Grants application rounds, and by Arts Council England for applicants to the £270 million Repayable Finance Scheme.

Further details on costs that can be supported through the package are available in the published guidance with organisations being asked to provide a plan for how funding will enable them to achieve financial viability in the way that is appropriate for their organisation.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government support package for the arts in response to the covid-19 outbreak will provide funding for theatres to put on new productions.

On 5 July, the Government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Guidance has been published by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for applicants to the Culture Recovery Grants application rounds, and by Arts Council England for applicants to the £270 million Repayable Finance Scheme.

Further details on costs that can be supported through the package are available in the published guidance with organisations being asked to provide a plan for how funding will enable them to achieve financial viability in the way that is appropriate for their organisation.

21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce how theatres can apply for the Government support package for the arts in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

On 5 July, the Government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Guidance has been published by Arts Council England, the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for applicants to the Culture Recovery Grants application rounds, and by Arts Council England for applicants to the Repayable Finance Scheme. Further details on eligibility and application processes are available in the published guidance.

This funding will provide targeted support to organisations across a range of sectors, with one of our core objectives being to support the cultural organisations that are crucial to places across the whole country. We will ensure that funding is distributed fairly, and that smaller organisations and cultural venues that are at the centre of their communities are protected.

We also recognise the crucial role that individuals play in making our arts and creative industries world-leading. As a result of these grants and loans, organisations will be more able to resume cultural activity, albeit in a socially distanced way, which will increase employment opportunities for freelancers.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help encourage prescriptions of Sativex on the NHS in England, following the recommendation of NICE on the use of that drug for patients with MS.

The latest guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) recommend Sativex to treat moderate to severe spasticity in adults with multiple sclerosis, if other pharmacological treatments for spasticity are not effective. The decision on whether to prescribe must be taken by a specialist clinician on a case by case basis and funding of this medicine is subject to local National Health Service decisions. On 6 September, NHS England issued a reminder to clinical commissioning groups of the NICE guidance relating to Sativex and their responsibilities and will be monitoring uptake.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the geographical differences that exist across England in the prescription of Sativex, which is used to treat moderate to severe spasticity in MS.

The latest guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) recommend Sativex to treat moderate to severe spasticity in adults with multiple sclerosis, if other pharmacological treatments for spasticity are not effective. The decision on whether to prescribe must be taken by a specialist clinician on a case by case basis and funding of this medicine is subject to local National Health Service decisions. On 6 September, NHS England issued a reminder to clinical commissioning groups of the NICE guidance relating to Sativex and their responsibilities and will be monitoring uptake.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions of Sativex have been made on the NHS in England since November 2019.

There have been 5,818 items for Sativex prescribed on a National Health Service prescription and dispensed in the community in England and submitted to the NHS Business Services Authority for reimbursement for the period November 2019 to July 2021, the latest data available. There have been 11,897 items of Sativex issued to patients in secondary care in England between November 2019 and June 2021, the latest data available.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been admitted to each of the temporary Nightingale hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak.

The number of patients admitted to each of the Nightingale Hospitals is not available in the format requested. Admission date is published at trust level but not for individual hospitals.

NHS England and NHS Improvement collect and publish accident and emergency attendances and emergency admissions data by trust at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2020-21/

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, by what proportion his Department’s work on governance, democracy and anti-corruption will change as a result of reductions to Overseas Development Assistance in 2021.

As announced last year, the impact of the global pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take the tough but necessary decision to temporarily reduce how much we spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) to a target of spending 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA, rather than 0.7%. As we have set out in the Integrated Review, this is a temporary measure and we will return to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows. No decisions on individual country or sectoral budget allocations have yet been made.

The recently-published Integrated Review is clear about the UK's commitment to being a Force for Good, supporting open societies. We will use our aid budget and British expertise to strengthen democratic institutions, human rights, free media, protect the civic space, and promote effective governance, including combatting corruption and illicit financial flows. Championing this agenda is not only essential for future development progress, but also to protect our values and interests in a world where open societies are under threat.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will provide a breakdown of the reduction in the amount of Overseas Development Assistance to (a) governance, (b) democracy, and (c) anti-corruption programmes for each country in receipt of that funding.

As announced last year, the impact of the global pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take the tough but necessary decision to temporarily reduce how much we spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) to a target of spending 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA, rather than 0.7%. As we have set out in the Integrated Review, this is a temporary measure and we will return to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows.

We are now working through the implications of these changes for individual programmes. No decisions on individual country or sectoral budget allocations have yet been made. The UK remains a world-leader in international development and, based on current GNI forecasts, we will spend over £10 billion of ODA in 2021.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the reduction in spending on governance, democracy, and anti-corruption work through Overseas Development Assistance will affect the budgets of (a) the National Crime Agency and (b) other UK law enforcement agencies.

As announced last year, the impact of the global pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take the tough but necessary decision to temporarily reduce how much we spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA). The UK will remain a world leading donor, spending over £10 billion in 21/22. No decisions on sectoral budgets have been made yet.

The Foreign Secretary has set out seven core priorities for the UK's aid budget this year, including defending open societies. The recently published Integrated Review sets out the UK Government's commitment to fight corruption and illicit finance as threats to democratic values and open societies around the world. The UK will ensure effective governance and resilience at home and cooperate with other countries on the basis of transparency and good governance.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what (a) technical and (b) financial support the Government has (i) provided and (ii) offered to the Overseas Territories to enable them to introduce publicly accessible beneficial ownership registers by 2023.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is providing all reasonable assistance to enable each of the Territories' governments to establish a publicly accessible register of the beneficial ownership of companies registered in their jurisdictions.

In July last year the UK Government ran a series of workshops for Territory governments drawing on expertise from a range of UK departments and executive agencies, including Companies House, BEIS and the Home Office, and from the Crown Dependencies. Last November, together with Open Ownership - an organisation which supports countries to introduce beneficial ownership registers - the UK ran webinars for the Territories to scope out individual needs. All Territories now have access to direct, individualised assistance from Open Ownership.

The level of financial support offered to Territories depends upon their individual circumstances. Many Overseas Territories are fiscally constrained and their economies have been hit hard by COVID-19. For those Territories most in need, the UK Government will provide financial support.

The Government recently welcomed announcements made by Territories' governments committing to the introduction of publicly accessible registers.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many assets have been frozen in the UK as a result of financial sanctions against designated people and entities under the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 since the regime was introduced in April 2021.

Since the launch of the Global Anti-Corruption financial sanctions regime in April 2021, an asset freeze has been imposed against 27 individuals. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) undertakes an annual review of frozen assets in the UK, requiring all persons or institutions that hold or control frozen assets in the UK to report to OFSI. That review has not yet commenced for 2021 but will commence shortly and details of frozen assets reported will be published in OFSI’s 2021-2022 Annual Review next year.
John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish guidance on the process by which commissioners of the new Trust Registration Service will allow (a) investigative journalists and (b) non-governmental organisations access to that register in line with the purpose of the fifth anti-money laundering directive.

The government is currently in the process of developing guidance on the expanded version of the Trust Registration Service (TRS). This guidance will cover the circumstances and process which will apply to those seeking access to the register.

HMRC will publish the detailed guidance in advance of the relevant provisions coming into effect.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HMRC staff will be deployed to examining irregularities in listings on the new Trust Registration Service.

The government recognises the need for effective and proportionate measures to ensure that information held on the Trust Registration Service (TRS) is correct and up to date. We are currently working to determine the precise resources required to monitor listings on the expanded TRS once it is operational.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of UK properties are held in trusts that will be registered through the new Trust Registration Service.

Information on the proportion of properties in the UK that are owned via trusts is not held at present. Property in the UK is held by a variety of different structures, including trusts.

There are various reasons that a trust may be required to register on the forthcoming expansion to the Trust Registration Service. Any of the trusts that meet these requirements may hold UK property. Additionally, non-UK trusts that acquire UK land going forward will be required to register.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an estimate of the potential revenue to the Exchequer from the portfolio of civil and criminal investigations resulting from the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations.

To date, the work of HMRC in response to the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers has protected over £188.2 million in revenue, and from the current portfolio of civil and criminal investigations it is estimated that a further £12.6million will be protected.

This is broadly consistent with the HMRC 2018-19 annual report publication, where it was stated that cases linked to the Panama Papers are forecast to produce more than £190 million in yield.

3rd Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans take to ensure that its free ports policy mitigates the risk of money laundering.

The government will ensure all the necessary safeguards are in place to minimise any risk of money laundering and tax evasion and will continue to meet international standards. We have consulted widely on the introduction of our new Freeport model and are carefully considering responses. Our consultation response will set out more detail on the policy in due course.
John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he will take in cases where a person has successfully claimed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme but then does not continue to trade after their grant has been awarded.

HMRC published for technical consultation draft legislation on the taxation of coronavirus support payments on Friday 29 May 2020. The technical consultation will run for a period of two weeks, closing on 12 June 2020.

The provisions provide HMRC with compliance and enforcement powers in relation to the schemes administered by HMRC. These include powers to check and recover any amount of a grant payment that the recipient is not entitled to. In cases where HMRC can demonstrate there has been deliberate non-compliance they will have the power to issue a penalty.

The technical consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-legislation-taxation-of-coronavirus-covid-19-support-payments.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps have been taken to limit the use of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme by foreign nationals who meet the criteria for that scheme but have since returned to their home country.

To be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) a person must have traded and be subject to UK tax in 2018/19, 2019/20 and intend to continue to do so in 2020/21. As part of the application process, therefore, a person must confirm that they do intend to continue to trade.

The Government expects self-employed people to do the right thing and not to make a claim unless they are eligible. HMRC will use their usual risk-based approach to compliance, and they will take action in cases of suspected fraud or organised criminal attack.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount of creative industry tax reliefs granted in each of the last ten years.

HMRC publish annual statistics on the number and cost of claims for creative industry tax reliefs. The latest release can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/creative-industries-statistics-august-2019

Table 2.3 gives annual totals for High-end Television Tax Relief since it was introduced in 2013.

Table 1.3 gives annual totals for Film Tax Relief since 2007.

Totals for the other creative industry reliefs can be found in tables 3.3, 4.3, 5.3, 6.3, 7.2 and 8.2.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the total amount of Film Tax Relief granted in each of the last ten years.

HMRC publish annual statistics on the number and cost of claims for creative industry tax reliefs. The latest release can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/creative-industries-statistics-august-2019

Table 2.3 gives annual totals for High-end Television Tax Relief since it was introduced in 2013.

Table 1.3 gives annual totals for Film Tax Relief since 2007.

Totals for the other creative industry reliefs can be found in tables 3.3, 4.3, 5.3, 6.3, 7.2 and 8.2.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many companies received High-end Television Tax Relief in each of the last ten years.

HMRC publish annual statistics on the number and cost of claims for creative industry tax reliefs. The latest release can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/creative-industries-statistics-august-2019

Table 2.3 gives annual totals for High-end Television Tax Relief since it was introduced in 2013.

Table 1.3 gives annual totals for Film Tax Relief since 2007.

Totals for the other creative industry reliefs can be found in tables 3.3, 4.3, 5.3, 6.3, 7.2 and 8.2.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much High-end Television Tax Relief was claimed in each of the last ten years.

HMRC publish annual statistics on the number and cost of claims for creative industry tax reliefs. The latest release can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/creative-industries-statistics-august-2019

Table 2.3 gives annual totals for High-end Television Tax Relief since it was introduced in 2013.

Table 1.3 gives annual totals for Film Tax Relief since 2007.

Totals for the other creative industry reliefs can be found in tables 3.3, 4.3, 5.3, 6.3, 7.2 and 8.2.

13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the House of Commons Library the presentation made to the Economic Crime Strategy Board in February 2021 relating to five investment packages to transform the response to economic crime.

In February 2021, the Economic Crime Strategy Board were asked to approve a joint set of public-private priorities for Financial Year 2021 which built on the commitments set out in the Economic Crime Plan (2019). These included:

  1. Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole system response to economic crime, increasing high value intelligence to law enforcement and reducing low value activity that costs business and delivers little benefit
    b. Design and deliver a comprehensive Fraud Action Plan
    c. Bolster public private operational action to tackle known vulnerabilities, including cash-based money laundering, abuse of Money Service Businesses, and abuse of Trust and Company Service Provider
    d. Continue to deliver SARs reform, including the next stages of the rollout of the new IT infrastructure and the increase in UK Financial Intelligence Unit staffing
    e. Finalise the Sustainable Resourcing Model to support economic crime reform
    f. Develop legislative proposals to tackle fraud, money laundering, seize more criminal assets, and to strengthen corporate transparency (e.g. Companies House Reform)
    g. Capitalise on the G7 Presidency to strengthen the overall international response to illicit finance and anti-corruption.

Further information about investments in Economic Crime will be publicly available once the Spending Review 2021 settlement and departmental budget allocations have been agreed with HM Treasury.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2021 to Question 148671 on Visas, when she plans to publish the review of all Tier 1 (Investor) visas issued between 2008 and 2015.

The review of Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted between June 2008 and April 2015 is being finalised.

It will be published in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has commenced the comprehensive review of Immigration Rules in relation to Tier 1 (Investor) Visas that the Court of Appeal advised its May 2021 judgement on circular investments.

We strongly disagree with the Court of Appeal’s judgment and are seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessments of the resources required to ensure the criminal enforcement of financial sanctions under the UK Sanctions regimes introduced by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.

Criminal enforcement of financial sanctions uses broader law enforcement resources that cover bribery, corruption and sanctions evasion. The National Crime Agency’s annual National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime includes an assessment of the threats from bribery, corruption and sanctions evasion.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific resources have been allocated for the criminal enforcement of financial sanctions under the UK sanctions regimes introduced by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Ac 2018.

Criminal enforcement of financial sanctions uses broader law enforcement resources that cover bribery, corruption and sanctions evasion. The National Crime Agency’s annual National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime includes an assessment of the threats from bribery, corruption and sanctions evasion.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants in the last three years have been refused or curtailed under the general grounds of refusal due to concerns about the applicant or third party from whom the funds came being involved, complicit or otherwise engaged in corruption or illicit finance.

The Home Office does not collate nor publish figures on the number of Tier 1 Investor applications refused in relation to concerns about the applicant or third party from whom the funds came from being involved, complicit or otherwise engaged in corruption or illicit finance specifically.

The most recent published data on Tier 1 (Investor) visas may be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2020

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the findings of her Department's review into Tier 1 investor visas granted between June 2008 and April 2015.

The review of Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted between June 2008 and April 2015 remains ongoing and the review will be published in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the findings of Sir Craig Mackey's report on serious and organised crime.

Tackling serious and organised crime is a critical part of the Government’s wider crime reduction agenda; we are committed to disrupting and dismantling the highest harm criminal enterprises. We are considering the findings of the SOC Review alongside the outcome of the recent Spending Review and the constantly evolving threats we face. We will announce details, and key findings from the SOC Review in due course. Any future steps will be developed with colleagues from across Government, policing and the wider law enforcement landscape.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what role (a) her Department and (b) her Department's non-departmental public bodies have in the case of the UK whistleblower, Jonathan Taylor.

The Home Office has no role in Mr Taylor’s case.

Whether to seek a person’s extradition to the UK is a matter for the UK’s independent police and prosecution services.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has sought the extradition of whistleblower, Jonathan Taylor to the UK from Croatia.

The Home Office has no role in Mr Taylor’s case.

Whether to seek a person’s extradition to the UK is a matter for the UK’s independent police and prosecution services.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons her Department has not issued a European Arrest Warrant for the UK whistleblower, Jonathan Taylor.

The Home Office has no role in Mr Taylor’s case.

Whether to seek a person’s extradition to the UK is a matter for the UK’s independent police and prosecution services.

6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to maintain access to the EU network of Asset Recovery Offices to facilitate the tracing of the proceeds of crime after the transition period.

The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority. It is in everyone’s interest that we reach an agreement with the European Union that equips operational partners on both sides with the capabilities that help protect citizens and bring criminals to justice.

We remain committed to seeking a balanced and reciprocal agreement with the EU that provides for cooperation between the UK and Europol, and delivers fast and effective mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, including asset freezing and confiscation.

In keeping with the promotion of practical cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities, we will continue working closely with European partners to share financial intelligence and facilitate the tracing of the proceeds of crime in any scenario following the end of the Transition Period.

6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to maintain access to Europol's FIU.net system for the sharing of financial intelligence under a future relationship with the EU.

The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority. It is in everyone’s interest that we reach an agreement with the European Union that equips operational partners on both sides with the capabilities that help protect citizens and bring criminals to justice.

We remain committed to seeking a balanced and reciprocal agreement with the EU that provides for cooperation between the UK and Europol, and delivers fast and effective mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, including asset freezing and confiscation.

In keeping with the promotion of practical cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities, we will continue working closely with European partners to share financial intelligence and facilitate the tracing of the proceeds of crime in any scenario following the end of the Transition Period.

27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the consultation entitled Review of the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings.

We continue to analyse the responses, and will be publishing a Government response to the consultation.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his planned timetable is for introducing the Building Safety Bill as announced in the Queen’s Speech 2021.

The Building Safety Bill was published in draft on 20 July 2020 and has undergone pre-legislative scrutiny by the HCLG Select Committee. The Government has been considering the Committee’s report and recommendations and will introduce the Bill as soon as Parliamentary time allows. We recognise that these are important public safety measures, which is why the Government is committed to advancing the Bill as quickly as possible so that reforms can be implemented in a timely manner and residents can feel safe, and be safe, in their homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to publish research from the British Research Establishment on trigger height thresholds.

The research is advancing and is currently scheduled to conclude at the end of 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of applications to the Building Safety Fund have been accepted; and what proportion of those applications have received funding.

The number of accepted applications and amount of funding allocated from the Building Safety Fund so far can be found in the Building Safety Fund Registration Statistics, available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings#building-safety-fund-registration-statistics .

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many staff in his Department are involved in processing applications for the Building Safety Fund; and what grades those staff are.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the responsible department and the decision-making body for the Building Safety Fund. We are working with the Greater London Authority (GLA) in London and Homes England (HE) outside London to administer the fund as Delivery Partners. The GLA and HE will draw on specialist expert legal and cost consultancy support to help assess applications.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has undertaken of non-cladding related building safety risks, including combustible insulation and wooden timber balconies; and what steps his Department is taking to mitigate these risks.

The Government published in January 2020 a consolidated advice note providing advice to building owners. The consolidated advice note provided information to building owners on the actions they should be taking immediately to address the risk of fire spread from external wall systems including insulation and balconies.

We have invested over £5 billion investment in building safety, including £3.5 billion announced on the 10 February. This will fund the cost of replaying unsafe cladding in all buildings 18 metres and over.

We will also provide leaseholders in buildings of 11-18 metres with access to finance for cladding remediation costs and a commitment that their monthly cladding repayment costs will not exceed £50 a month.

We will publish more details on how these schemes will work in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the Government funding for remediation combustible cladding includes the remediation of (a) combustible insulation, (b) wooden timber balconies and (c) other non-cladding related building safety defects.

The Government’s existing funding schemes are providing £1.6 billion to remove and replace unsafe cladding systems from high rise residential buildings. This is because unsafe cladding acts as an accelerant to fire spread, and funding will remove the biggest obstacle to remediation proceeding. Eligible items covered by funding includes works directly related to the replacement of the unsafe cladding system. Detailed information on eligible items can be found in the relevant prospectus for each fund, available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/building-safety-programme.

Works which are not directly related to the remediation of unsafe cladding systems will not be covered by public funding. Non-cladding defects are therefore not included unless they are integral to the cladding. Government guidance is clear that building safety is the responsibility of building owners and we have given expert advice on a range of safety issues to provide clarity. We will publish more details on how the additional £3.5 billion funding for the removal of unsafe cladding announced on 10 February will work alongside existing funds as soon as possible.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many public sector buildings in England with combustible insulation have been identified.

The Department publishes data on the identification and remediation progress of high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England with ACM cladding systems unlikely to meet building regulations. The latest data is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/aluminium-composite-material-cladding#acm-remediation-data.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent progress has been made on the research being undertaken by the Building Research Establishment on trigger thresholds.

The project on trigger thresholds was commissioned in September 2020 and the research remains ongoing.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when the Government will publish the findings of the review into the ban on combustible materials.

On 20 January 2020 we launched a public consultation including proposals to expand the scope of the in-effect ban of combustible materials in and on the external walls. This also included proposals with regards to laminated glass as well as other exemptions. The consultation closed on the 25 May 2020. We continue to analyse the responses and will publish the Government response to the consultation in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he will publish the findings of the audit of high-rise residential buildings.

The Department publishes data on the number of high-rise residential and publicly owned buildings in England with Aluminum Composite Material cladding systems unlikely to meet building regulations. The latest data is available here . The Department has commenced a data collection exercise which will enable us to build a picture of external wall systems in use on high rise residential buildings. The exercise will collect data on residential buildings 18 metres and over covering private and social buildings, student accommodation and hotels. We will publish appropriate summary information from the data collection in our monthly Building Safety Programme data release when ready.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how (a) private landlords and (b) leaseholders can apply for grants under the non-ACM combustible cladding remediation fund.

The registration process for the fund opened on 1 June, after publication of the Building Safety Fund prospectus on 26 May. The registration form for building owners is available on gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remediation-of-non-acm-buildings . The closing date for registrations is the 31 July at which point building owners will then be able to apply for grant funding. Leaseholders are not able to register individually and should talk to their building owners about their intentions to register to the fund. If leaseholders are concerned about the response they get from their building owner, they can complete the leaseholder feedback form at the above link to register building details.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the non-ACM remediation fund to cover the removal of all non-ACM combustible cladding and insulation on buildings over 18 metres.

The value of the Building Safety Fund has been assessed on the basis of the proportion of building owners we expect to be eligible, given Government expects that those who are already remediating their buildings should continue to do so. Building owners should also explore every opportunity to fund this work via those originally responsible for the defects and warranty claims before seeking Government funding, or passing on costs to their leaseholders.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons buildings between 11 metres and 18 metres in height are excluded from the fund for the remediation of combustible non-ACM materials.

The Department has already funded the removal of unsafe ACM from high rise buildings over 18 metres which the Expert Panel considers to be the most severe building safety risk. The new fund is to address other unsafe cladding on buildings over 18 metres, as higher rise buildings are the least likely to safely evacuate in the event of a fire spreading via external cladding systems. Building owners are responsible for the safety of their buildings and should take action to remediate any unsafe cladding systems on buildings below 18 metres in accordance with the advice of the Expert Panel.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to authorise the publication of GRECO's report on the UK's compliance with its recommendations made in the 5th Evaluation on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in top executive functions of government.

We will be authorising publication of our GRECO Fifth Round compliance report in due course, in line with established process.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to undertake to implement the Law Commission's recommendations on reforming the misconduct in public office offence.

It is vital that those who hold public office are held to the highest standards and if they abuse these positions it should be clear what punishments they could face. We welcome the Law Commission’s report into Misconduct in Public Office and will respond in due course.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he will publish the responses to the call for evidence on corporate liability for economic crime, which closed on 31 March 2017.

The Government is considering the case for reforming the law on corporate criminal liability for economic crime and expect to publish a response to the Call for Evidence shortly.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will task the Law Commission with reviewing corporate liability for economic crime.

The Government is considering the case for reforming the law on corporate criminal liability for economic crime and expect to publish a response to the Call for Evidence shortly.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)