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Oversight Committee

Part of Financial Services Bill (Money) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 10th December 2012.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 8:15 pm, 10th December 2012

I pay tribute to the work that the hon. Gentleman has done in raising issues about debt and credit, and about the way in which companies such as this operate. We know that many of them use a get-out clause, arguing that they could not possibly have known that someone had eight or nine loans at the same time. That is partly because there is no register specifying rates of interest and the number of loans that people are taking out. The OFT should make it clear that that constitutes irresponsible lending, and that loans should be made on a real-time basis. It is no good for supposedly short-term credit to be provided on a monthly basis. I also agree with all those who have expressed concern about continuous payment authorities. I hope that, in the new year, the OFT will make it clear that we must end both the fraud and the debt that they cause.