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  1. Hodge: We need to tax global digital companies

    Tax avoidance Opposition Day debate

    House of Commons


    Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge says "this debate will not go away" until the government has acted properly.

    She says looking at the tax gap is not enough because it does not measure tax not paid by global digital companies.

    She says ensuring fairness is "not about castigating the rich" but about funding the services the country needs, and allowing the 85% of people who pay their taxes automatically through PAYE to have faith in the system.

    She says the "government won't be able to ignore the voice of Parliament" on this issue because "quite simply to do so would be morally wrong and totally unprincipled".

    "We have become the jurisdiction of choice for too many kleptocrats," she says. "We will never build global Britain on the back of dirty money."

    She asks the government to extend transparency to the UK's crown dependencies and overseas territories, and to support them in setting up public company registers.

    She turns to the question of digital companies, saying we need "country by country reporting" of digital company's revenues and profits.

  2. Barclay: We are taking action

    Tax avoidance Opposition Day debate

    House of Commons


    Responding to Mr McDonnell's call for the government to tax wealthy individuals more, ensure companies are paying what they owe and crack down on tax avoidance scheme, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay says the UK's tax gap is "one of the lowest in the world" and lower than it was under Labour.

    He says he shares Labour's desire to make sure people and companies are paying the tax they owe, while some underpayment is accidental.

    He says he is keen to tackle money laundering and the government will work internationally to tackle tax avoidance.

  3. McDonnell: We could have avoided austerity if tax was fair

    Tax avoidance Opposition Day debate

    House of Commons


    The debate on tax avoidance and evasion has begun.

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell lists some of the "scandalous effects" of austerity and asks if the upcoming Budget will "really end austerity and ensure our people are properly cared for".

    "Will this Budget tackle the existential threat of climate change?" he asks.

    He says talk of investment in infrastructure ignores public services.

    He accuses the government of using the financial crisis an a false "alibi" for "downsizing public services for good."

    He says all the "suffering" of the past decade could have been avoided if the taxation system was "fair" and people and corporations had paid their taxes.

  4. What are today's Opposition Day debates?

    House of Commons


    The subjects of Opposition Day debates are chosen by opposition parties - in this case, Labour. It is a chance to signify its priorities and question the government.

    Parliament's website says: "Many opposition motions criticise government policies and decisions and the government often tables an amendment to the motion to take out most of the text and replace it with text commending the government policy or decision instead.

    "Unless specifically framed, motions tabled on opposition days are not seen as binding on the government."

    The first of today's debates is on a motion criticising the government's attempts to tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

    The second calls on the government to take "urgent" action on the funding of social care, so no one has to pay for care in their own homes.

  5. Following what's on in Parliament

    You can watch events in the Commons using the video stream at the top of the page.

    And BBC Parliament broadcasts questions and debates from the chamber on Freeview Channel 232.

    Catch up with what's happened in Parliament on BBC Radio 4 with Today in Parliament at 23:30 GMT.

  6. Today in the Commons

    House of Commons


    The day in the Commons starts with questions to justice ministers, followed by two Opposition Day debates - the first on tax avoidance and evasion, and the second on social care.

    There aren't any urgent questions or statements today.