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House of Commons Hansard
08 February 2018
Volume 635

    Carillion: Pension Protection

    The following is an extract from questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 5 February 2018.

  • Financial directors must not cause detriment to any private sector pension scheme. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the rules and regulations regarding the investigation of this sort of practice are toughened up, because we cannot allow this to happen in future?

  • My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Government are seeking to ensure that the regulator will—our new Bill will come out later in the year—have more rights to fine, follow criminal procedures and look into mandatory clearance. Those of us who have studied corporate governance realise that the rules changed in 1991—the Cadbury report and the OECD corporate governance rules—and were strengthened in 2002. I believe that now, under this Conservative Government, we will be strengthening the corporate governance rules again. [Official Report, 5 February 2018, Vol. 635, c. 1187.]

    Letter of correction from Ms McVey:

    An error has been identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone).

    The correct response should have been:

  • My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Government are seeking to ensure that the regulator will—our White Paper will come out later in the year—have more rights to fine, follow criminal procedures and look into mandatory clearance. Those of us who have studied corporate governance realise that the rules changed in 1991—the Cadbury report and the OECD corporate governance rules—and were strengthened in 2002. I believe that now, under this Conservative Government, we will be strengthening the corporate governance rules again.