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Margaret Hodge said she wanted David Cameron to tell Google to pay more tax on their UK profits. "Yes, I do [want the PM to tell Google to pay more]. And I talk about the moral dimension to this. I think all of us have duty as part of so... Continue to article
NHS managers conducted a "PR exercise" in announcing the abandonment of a problematic NHS IT systems contract, Margaret Hodge has charged. The chair of the Public Accounts Committee accused Sir David Nicholson, the NHS Chief Executive, o... Continue to article
Culture secretary Maria Miller and business minister Jo Swinson attend the launch of the Women’s Business Council's report on the contribution women make to the economy and growth Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and public account... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron is expected to launch a new taskforce aimed at tackling Islamic extremism Shadow chancellor Ed Balls delivers a speech on the UK economy, where he is expected to announce Labour's plans to scrap winter fuel p... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Oral questions, to ask the government: - Whether consideration has been given to extending the management by Directly Operated Railways of the East Coast Main Line franchise (Lord Davies of Oldham, Lab) - What ... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said the Office of Fair Trading had been "feeble and wimpish" on the issue of regulating payday loan companies. “We think [the OFT] is feeble and wimpish. For example, they don’t really understand the market, they don’t un... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said the Public Accounts Committee intended to pursue those accountable for the BBC’s failed IT programme. “One of the principles that we on the Public Accounts Committee] always pursue is that the person responsible shoul... Continue to article
Google: The Future We Build Together Introduction It is great to be here inside the Google Big Tent. My sons Daniel and Sam think I do a very boring job, so they will be excited when I tell them I appeared along with the “Killer Robots” a... Continue to article
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee has criticised MoD officials for their role in the “sorry saga” of procuring fighter jets for Britain’s new aircraft carriers. The Government reversed its decision to scrap an order for the jump... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge urged David Cameron to use Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s position as an economic adviser to the Government to put pressure on his company to pay more tax. “In the end, that’s an issue [whether Mr Schmidt remains an advise... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge disputed that Google’s tax arrangements were sanctioned by the law, and called on HMRC to challenge the search engine giant. “It’s not clear to me that they are acting within the law – this is an issue of judgement and rea... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge accused HMRC of not being tough enough on Google over tax avoidance. "No, I think it’s quite clear from the evidence that we heard this morning, particularly the evidence that these very principled whistle-blowers gave us,... Continue to article
Google could be misleading tax authorities and Parliament over its tax arrangements, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have said. Labour chair of the Committee Margaret Hodge said Google was dishonestly changing its story over its rea... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said HMRC should be more aggressive in pursuing companies who avoiding tax. "I think there is a judgement to be made, I just wish HMRC were slightly more aggressive on behalf of us the UK taxpayers to ensure that we all pa... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, says the Treasury should punish insiders who use tax loopholes for private clients Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said that the objective of private accountants advising government on tax policy was to “exploit tax relief”. “The only objective of Parliament and government is to encourage firms to transfer intelligence and innovation i... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge MP said that multinational corporations should not be exempted from UK tax obligations. “These global companies should pay a fair rate of tax related to the economic turnover in this country and the profits they derive fro... Continue to article
MPs today defended against the idea that short sitting times in Parliament had made them look “lazy”. Chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge told the Guardian that MPs risked looking “lazy” because they were spending less ... Continue to article
Downing Street disagreed with criticism from the Royal College of Nursing about the Government’s proposed reforms to nursing training. Asked what he thought of the criticisms, the Prime Minister's Official Spokemsan said: "I would disag... Continue to article
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (15.30) and health committee chair Stephen Dorrell MP (10.45) speak at an AgeUK event on health and care in later life in London Care minister Norman Lamb is expected to make an announcement on care and suppo... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said the £2.2bn Lottery investment in the Olympics still needed to be paid back. "£2.2billion of lottery money went in to fund the Olympics, so a lot of money that should have been used for good causes, that money has got ... Continue to article
The civil service's delays in coming up with its own performance measures are "disappointing", the head of a key parliamentary committee has said. At a Public Accounts Committee session with the Head of the civil service and members of t... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said the Treasury’s annual account statement was “pretty impenetrable”, and said there were elements of the public sector which had not filed their accounts in time. “It is pretty impenetrable, and I think the Treasury sho... Continue to article
Public Accounts Committee press release The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said: "The DWP says it can't accurately predict the effects of its housing benefit changes either on individuals or... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge called on the Government to reduce funding for “vanity projects” such as free schools and academies to pay for more primary school places. “[We are] 250,000 short; it means children being taught in classes of over 30 – tha... Continue to article
08/05/2012 in Defence
Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge has attacked the Ministry of Defence's mishandling of carrier aircraft replacement as a "tragic waste of taxpayers’ money".
The UK will lack aircraft carrier capability until 2020 because the Government "chose to delay" purchasing the required aircraft as part of the defence spending review.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Ms Hodge said: "This fiasco over aircraft carriers is one of the most potent examples of what can go wrong with big projects in the public sector and lies at the heart of what is dysfunctional within the Ministry of Defence."
George Osborne will struggle to cut Government spending to the extent he has promised, according to a report by MPs. The Public Accounts Committee said departments coped well with the first year of cuts, totalling £7.9bn, but warned that finding a further 19% of total spending, £77bn, would prove a "more significant challenge". Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: "The Treasury needs to get a grip at the centre on the approach taken by departments, otherwise government will impose arbitary cuts and fail to secure value for money."
The Private Finance Initiative scheme set up by Gordon Brown was "appallingly poor value for money", Margaret Hodge has admitted. In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, Ms Hodge also said she had been shocked at discovering how taxpayers money has been wasted in Government departments, criticising the Ministry of Defence in particular, which she said was "over-optimistic" about what it could buy with the funding available.
A "radical" rethink of the Government's Private Finance Initiative has been called for by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The Committee, chaired by Margaret Hodge, warned that, in too many cases, investors have made "eye-wateringly high" profits while taxpayers are trapped in expensive and inflexible contracts.
The chairman of Parliament's spending watchdog has promised to make life "uncomfortable" for ministers and civil servants who refuse to comply with it. The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said it was her job to "blow the whistle and shout loudly" to eradicate waste. In a speech today, Ms Hodge will also say the PAC has faced "obfuscation" during its inquiries.
Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has described the American firm in charge of the failing NHS IT project as "cowboys" who should be "run out of town". Ms Hodge told the Times she was shocked to learn that Computer Sciences Corporation was looking to increase its contract after it failed to deliver fully functional software to any of 166 NHS trusts in England, costing in excess of £2bn.
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