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Oversight Committee

Part of Financial Services Bill (Money) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 7:12 pm on 10th December 2012.

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Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 7:12 pm, 10th December 2012

I will not do that for much the same reasons I gave in response to the previous intervention. The Lords amendment clarifies that across all regulated lenders the FCA has broad and powerful powers, if I can put it that way, to intervene to protect consumers, including on the price or rates of interest they are charged, according to its assessment of the detriment faced by consumers. It is right to frame it in that way, and to empower the regulator to pursue sometimes even novel forms of credit that might be operating to the detriment of consumers, rather than to risk specifying in the Bill detail that might be overtaken by time or the ingenuity of people seeking to cause damage to our constituents.