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Oversight Committee

Part of Financial Services Bill (Money) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 10th December 2012.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk 8:30 pm, 10th December 2012

I am extremely grateful to the Minister for giving way, and I want to endorse his sentiments and those of my hon. Friend Andrea Leadsom. Constituents in my area have come to wonder whether there is a danger of our regulating after the horse has bolted. They look to America, where there are more than 20,000 high street banks, and wonder whether we could be doing more to encourage an insurgency, as it were, of new banks to provide the high-street banking service that we need at a time when the old banks are locked up, dealing with the legacies of their mistakes. I echo the Minister’s remarks and wonder whether we can look to the Government to do anything—perhaps not in this Bill but in the coming years—to make that a reality.