Clause 6 — Transfer of property, rights and liabilities

Part of Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Second Church Estates Commissioner 8:30 pm, 21st February 2008

I am very happy to answer, because the hon. Gentleman has shown his total ignorance of economics as they apply to securitisation. [Interruption.] Yes, he has. That is the nature of a securitisation, and that is the nature of a bond. The hon. Gentleman's failure to understand that demonstrates the Opposition's failure to understand anything about the taking of Northern Rock into public ownership, the reasons why it is happening, and the reasons why it is temporary. The hon. Gentleman must understand—although he seems not to wish to understand—that Granite is an independent legal entity. That is a fact from Northern Rock. Granite is owned by its shareholders; Northern Rock owns no shares in Granite. This is a normal procedure.