Early day motion 476


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Total number of signatures: 22

Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Clark, Katy Corbyn, Jeremy
Durkan, Mark Edwards, Jonathan George, Andrew Godsiff, Roger
Hancock, Mike Hemming, John Hopkins, Kelvin Leech, John
Long, Naomi McDonnell, John Meale, Alan Osborne, Sandra
Ritchie, Margaret Robertson, John Roy, Lindsay Russell, Bob
Stunell, Andrew Williams, Hywel

That this House notes with concern that one in five tax havens worldwide are under UK jurisdiction; further notes that although all the British Overseas Territories have committed to joining the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, none have actually done so and no time-frame has been set in which they will do so; further notes that the island of Sark, where income tax is set at zero per cent will not come under the new agreement signed by Guernsey so will be exempt from oversight on beneficial ownership; believes that clarification on when the register of beneficial ownership will come into force, which British Overseas Territories will sign up to the Register and whether it will be publicly accessible is required as a matter of urgency; observes that while the automatic sharing of tax information will aid transparency, it will not in itself alter the tax regimes which made these territories attractive to companies and individuals aiming to minimise their taxes; and calls on the Government to take action both domestically and internationally to tackle the use of tax havens by multinational companies and individuals operating in the UK or in territories under its jurisdiction.