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Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:09 pm on 12th April 2000.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Nicholls Mr Patrick Nicholls Conservative, Teignbridge 4:09 pm, 12th April 2000

On 29 March, I put it to the Minister of State that the Government's assurances about the continuation of cash payments after 2003 were on the basis that the recipients would have a bank account. Being the honest man he is, the Minister of State dodged that question and would not address it. Is the Secretary of State now confirming that everyone will have to have a bank account after 2003, and that the Government will fund that; or is he saying that the Government have received an assurance from the banking industry that it will provide free banking? It can be only one of those two—which is it?