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Hodge appointed to head new tax responsibility committee

FORMER PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN Margaret Hodge is to lead the newly-formed tax responsibility committee, it has emerged.

The cross-party group will also involve prominent MPs including former Conservative party chairman David Davis, Labour’s John McFall, who formerly chaired the Treasury committee. Richard Bacon, the Conservative MP for South Norfolk who is currently a member of the PAC, will also be involved. The secretary for the group is Peterborough MP Stuart Jackson.

The group has pledged to explore the ways in which parliament can help to build and maintain the fair, sustainable and transparent tax system that is needed if individuals, businesses and markets are to create growth and prosperity both in the UK and internationally.

The move is backed by think tank CoVi and also has the support of Oxfam, CBI, Action Aid and CIPFA.

Hodge (pictured) said: “In recent years the issue of who pays 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 needed to create growth and prosperity both in the UK and internationally.”

Hodge also added the committee would not clash with the work of her former committee, chaired by fellow Labour MP Meg Hillier.

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