Friday, July 19, 2024

Thurrock MP probes efforts to tackle money-laundering

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House to ask the government what efforts are being made to combat money-laundering and other related offences.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “What progress he has made in tackling corporate offences of fraud, bribery and money laundering?”

Damian Green (Ashford, Conservative)

“The coalition has a clear commitment to tackling corporate offending: we implemented the Bribery Act 2010 from July 2011; we published the “Fighting Fraud Together” strategy, which is led by the National Fraud Authority; we established the Economic Crime Command in 2011, as part of the National Crime Agency; and we introduced provisions on deferred prosecution agreements in England and Wales in the Crime and Courts Bill.

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock, Conservative)

“Clearly the infrastructure is in place for prosecuting these offences. Will my right hon. Friend work closely with the Serious Fraud Office to ensure that prosecutions are brought against corporate bodies when offences have been committed?

Damian Green (Ashford, Conservative)

“My hon. Friend makes an important point, but of course the SFO acts independently of Government. As I said, the Government take all forms of economic crime seriously and what we can do is provide the SFO and other prosecutorial bodies with the tools they need to carry out their roles.

“That is why, for example, we introduced clauses to provide for the deferred prosecution agreements, which we think will be a valuable tool. They have tough requirements, such as a financial penalty, reparation for victims and repayments of profits.

“That kind of practical tool in the hands of the prosecutors will make us much more effective at fighting economic crime.”

1 COMMENT

  1. Read the piece with interest Jackie, but don’t you think rather than posturing on the above subject you’d best serve the people of Thurrock who you apparently work for, by looking at what’s going on under your own nose or maybe that ‘s a little bit like real MP’s work? Have a little blimp at the next Full Council agenda scheduled for the 28 November with non -site specific lorry parks or rather just one, yep you’ve guessed it, the only one Thurrock Tories seem to know – the unmentionable ICG (TITAN) lorry park being snuck through the back door once again. Do you think an UNNAMED big eighty acre lorry park site being voted on for consultation, without no-one knowing where it is deserves an investigation? Thurrock petitions, Thurrock enforcements, absence and abuse of Thurrock policies and ’em residents don’t seem to get a mention up the House eh Jackie, bit too commonplace? You want an investigation? Why not an investigation for the people who actually pay your wages. Yeah right no publicity in that one

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