11 May 2022
Andrew Mitchell backs calls for new measures to tackle economic crime

Andrew Mitchell intervenes on the Home Secretary whilst introducing the Queen’s Speech debate on law and order to back calls for new measures to tackle economic crime and better funding for enforcement agencies.

Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield) (Con)

I am extremely grateful to the Home Secretary for giving way. May I reinforce the cross-party nature of what the right hon. Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge) has just said? She will know that the right hon. Lady and I have done quite a lot in the House to support the points that she has just made. I very much hope that, when the right moment comes in the economic crime Bill, she will listen carefully to the work that has already been done to try to reinforce the very point that she has just made.

Priti Patel (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)

My right hon. Friend is correct on this. I know that, for many years, he has been a champion of many of the reforms, some of which have been put in place. We have had part 1—the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and sanctions—but the next Bill will also tackle Companies House and many of the wider issues that have been raised.