Presbyterian Mutual Society

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 3rd June 2009.

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Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 11:30 am, 3rd June 2009

Once again, we recognise the problem of the 9,500 savers. The hon. Gentleman refers to the leader of his party, Mr. Cameron—and I must admit that I know a thing or two about Witney. He did travel to Northern Ireland, and he said to people that he was not there to make spending promises. As my hon. Friends know, that is probably because everywhere he goes he is promising to make 10 per cent. cuts, should we ever see him in government. The people of Northern Ireland should pay careful attention to the words of the hon. Gentleman's leader, because he would be very bad news for them. He does not understand the problems of Northern Ireland or of the Presbyterian Mutual, or that the Presbyterian Mutual is made up of investors not savers. As I have said, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will meet the First Minister and Deputy First Minister again to see what can be done to help such people, not with empty slogans and hollow promises but with real action—and not by doing nothing.

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