Seema Malhotra MP speaks in the Westminster Hall debate on insolvency
Seema Malhotra MP speaks in the Westminster Hall debate on insolvency

Seema Malhotra, the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston and Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers, has today condemned the Government for its “pattern of failing working people”.

Speaking in a debate in insolvency, she said:

Many of the issues being talked about today were laid bare for all to see during the Carillion collapse in early 2018. Carillion had ostensibly been financially healthy. Its collapse saw more than 3,000 jobs lost, 450 public sector projects, including hospitals, schools and prisons, plunged into crisis and a company in billions of pounds of debt. In Hounslow, our leisure services were affected, and saved only by the council stepping in. Approximately 11,000 employees lost their jobs at British Home Stores, with a pension deficit of £571 million. These issues not only affect those close to the cases but cost the taxpayer, too. The National Audit Office reported that the Carillion affair cost the taxpayer at least £148 million, including £65 million in redundancy payments. Since the Government promised action on reforming corporate governance in the wake of the Carillion collapse, it took until May 2022 for a White Paper to emerge, and only in the past few weeks has the Financial Reporting Council issued its own consultation in response to the White Paper.


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