1:10 am, Mon 27 May 2013 Google 'perplexed' by tax row
Hodge: Major firms should be stripped of tax privacy
Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, said major corporations should be stripped of their right to full privacy over their tax affairs.
Chair of the public accounts committee Margaret Hodge.
Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive
the Independent new rules should be brought in forcing companies to make a full disclosure to MPs in closed sessions, which would allow their arrangements to be scrutinised.
Mrs Hodge told the newspaper: "We could have a committee of MPs overseeing them in private, the same way that the Intelligence and Security Committee operates. That has operated very effectively. There has never been a leak."
3:27 pm, Thu 02 May 2013
MP sorry after hitting cyclist with car door
Senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge has apologised after hitting a cyclist with her car door.
Hodge, chairwoman of the high profile Public Accounts Committee, apologised to the cyclist after the incident at around 6pm last night.
Margaret Hodge hit the cyclist after parking her car.
The cyclist was said to be uninjured and neither ambulance nor police units were called to the scene, which was in her constituency in Barking, East London.
A spokeswoman for Mrs Hodge said the car was parked and the engine was not running when the clash occurred.
She has admitted holding a mobile phone in her hand when the incident occurred but said she was not making a call at the time.
The statement said: "As she was getting out of the car, she struck a cyclist with the car door.
"She apologised profusely to the cyclist, he accepted the apology.
"My understanding is the only damage was to a light on the bike and the cyclist was unharmed."
11:45 am, Mon 22 Apr 2013 MPs told they risk looking lazy
Commons committee chair: 'Lots of MPs do work hard'
The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has accepted that "lots of MPs do work hard" during the parliamentary recess.
In an interview with the Guardian the Labour MP had accused her colleagues of "looking lazy" because of the short parliamentary sessions.
1:17 am, Tue 26 Mar 2013 'Unclear' benefit change effects
Labour: Small reductions can have a 'severe impact'
The Public Accounts Committee said the Department for Work and Pensions had a "wait-and-see" approach when it came to the fallout of housing benefit reform.
Even small reductions in housing benefit can have a severe impact on the finances of the poorest people.
At the time of our hearing, far too many of those who stand to be directly affected were worryingly unaware of the reforms and what they will mean for their finances.
Experience from the past suggests that stopping direct payments to social landlords will simply lead to an increase in arrears and evictions.
– Margaret Hodge, Chair of The Public Accounts Committee
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7:19 am, Mon 25 Mar 2013 Population pressure on schools
Labour: Less money on education 'vanity projects'
Speaking to Daybreak, Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee said she would deal with overcrowding in classrooms by spending less money on education "vanity projects".
Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
She said the Government needs to spend that money in stead, on investing on primary education for young children.
She added: "The start for a child's life is the most important, get it wrong and you might actually ruin the child's future."
1:28 am, Tue 13 Nov 2012 Major firms quizzed over tax
MP urges Starbucks, Amazon and Google boycott
A senior MP has urged consumers to boycott Starbucks, Amazon and Google in protest at what she says is "immoral" avoidance of UK tax.
Margaret Hodge backed direct action to punish the well-known firms after they failed to convince a Commons spending watchdog that they were paying a "fair share".
"I think one should boycott these companies. I do actually think that is the right thing to do," she said after leading a fiery three-hour grilling of executives.