House of Commons of the United Kingdom

UK lawmakers call for tax crackdown on multinationals

A man walks past a branch of the American coffee chain Starbucks in London. Executive officers of multinational companies Starbucks, Google and Amazon are facing allegations related to tax payments in the United Kingdom. Photo: EPA

A committee of UK lawmakers has called on government to crack down on multinational companies that make substantial sales in Britain but pay little tax here, echoing demands from leaders across Europe for measures to tackle corporate tax avoidance.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 9:05am

Tax protest to hijack Starbucks outlets

Police protect a Starbucks branch during an anti-cuts march last month after the company's low tax bill was reported. Photo: Reuters

Dozens of UK Starbucks branches will be turned into creches, refuges and homeless shelters, as direct action group UK Uncut hijacks the coffee outlets to highlight the chain's tax avoidance tactics.

13 Nov 2012 - 5:59am

One hundred years of procrastination

Unwittingly or otherwise, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung gave the game away on the government's timetable for introducing democracy in an interview with BBC World correspondent Fergal Keane on July 1.

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Questions to be addressed

Executive Council

Number of ministers and their portfolios. Number of ministers without policy portfolios and their role;

Whether political parties will be represented;

Role of Chief Secretary;

Should Central Policy Unit head be a minister;

Should Secretary for Justice become a political appointee and if so, his/her role.

8 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

The debate can wait - it's the holidays

They all looked very keen. Robin Cook, the shadow foreign secretary, asked Malcolm Rifkind last month when the Government would name the day for the House of Commons to hold a full debate on Hong Kong.

6 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Abode bill fails

A BILL aimed at giving the right of abode in Britain to Hong Kong's ethnic minorities was rejected in the House of Commons last night. The measure had passed all its stages in the Lords, but fell at its second reading in the Commons when a government minister objected to it proceeding further.

5 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

How to put life in Legco

NO issue stirs up stronger emotions in the Legislative Council than the members' right to speak. Any suggestion of restricting that right would spark off a heated debate.

7 Feb 1994 - 12:00am