David Gauke (right) speaking in the House of Commons
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HSBC bank: Treasury minister David Gauke defends government actions

Banking giant HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax, the BBC has learned.

Panorama has seen accounts from 106,000 clients in 203 countries, leaked by whistleblower Herve Falciani in 2007.

HSBC admitted that it was "accountable for past control failures" but it said it has now "fundamentally changed".

Treasury minister David Gauke defended the government's actions on tax avoidance in the House of Commons after Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood Shabana Mahmood tabled an urgent question.

  • 09 Feb 2015
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