Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, which heard Brittin speak in November, said the fact Google told parliament it does not sell in the UK while advertising London-based jobs for salespeople is a “very serious” matter. The discrepancy raises questions about whether Google does operate within the law, she said, and whether it misled parliament – a rare offence which in the past has cost government officials their jobs.
“It’s difficult to reconcile the statements made by the witness (Brittin) and the evidence Reuters has uncovered,” Hodge said. She said she plans to recall Brittin to appear before her committee. “We will need to very quickly call back the Google executives to give them a chance to explain themselves and to ensure that actually what they told us first time around is not being economical with the truth.”