Developing World: Debt Reduction - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 3:18 pm ar 13 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Lord Sikka Lord Sikka Llafur 3:18, 13 Chwefror 2024

My Lords, a major reason for the indebtedness of developing countries is that too many multinational corporations operating in them dodge taxes by shifting profits to low-tax or no-tax jurisdictions. The IMF estimates that around $213 billion of taxes are lost each year. An earlier Prime Minister introduced the Finance Act 2016 and promised that companies would publish a public form of country-by-country reporting so that there would be some visibility of the profits shifted by UK companies, but later Governments never honoured that commitment. Could the Foreign Secretary have a word with the current leaders of the Government and try to revive that commitment?