MP Margaret Hodge - former chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) noted for the stormy sessions she presided over covering tax avoidance of large corporations and HMRC’s performance - is to head up a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Responsible Tax which will be examining the government’s response to international demands for greater tax transparency
Hodge, who spent five years on PAC in the previous parliament, will be supported by three vice chairs on the new committee - David Davis, Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden; John McFall, Lord McFall of Alcluith, who previously chaired the Treasury committee and Richard Bacon, the Conservative MP for South Norfolk who is currently a member of the PAC.
The secretary of the group is Stuart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough.
In a statement, the new group said it is pledged to ‘explore the ways in which parliament can help to build and maintain the fair, transparent and sustainable tax system that is needed,’ and will be in discussion with other stakeholder groups and the general public.
It has been set up with the support of the think tank CoVi and says it also has the support of Oxfam, CBI, Action Aid and CIPFA.
Hodge, chair of the APPG for responsible tax, said: ‘In recent years the issue of who pay tax and how much they pay has really struck a chord with the public.
‘We want parliament to continue to play a key role in building and maintaining the fair, sustainable and transparent tax system that is need to create growth and prosperity both in the UK and internationally.’
Caroline Macfarland, CoVi’s director, said: ‘Tax has in the past been a divisive issue, but the willingness of politicians, business, NGOs, think tanks and others to explore challenging ground together is a key part of the process in making headway towards acting in the interests of the common good.’
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