But when asked if the committee could see the relevant legal arguments so it could consider them before making its report, Ms Dorries responded that this “may not be possible”, before concluding: “Put it in the recommendations, that’s all I can say at this point.”

MoneySavingExpert.com asked the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport why Ms Dorries couldn’t share the information. It told us that the advice she had received was privileged, but stressed that Ms Dorries had been clear that online fraud is a huge problem and that the Government is continuing to explore additional legislative and non-legislative solutions to combat the issue.

The comments come as the Treasury Committee announced today that it has written to tech giants Microsoft, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok requesting details on their plans to combat fraud and protect consumers online. The Committee had previously written to Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay and published the firms’ responses last week.

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