Backbench Business — High-cost Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:32 pm on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour, Islwyn 12:32 pm, 5th September 2013

I apologise Madam Deputy Speaker. I am coming to an end, but I will just deal with the hon. Gentleman’s point. The significant word is “unauthorised”. I know that the hon. Gentleman has done a lot of good work on financial education, which is the way forward.

An unauthorised overdraft is a failure to manage the account properly, so we need to teach people how to do that. I think that he would agree with that.

Credit unions rightly receive support from both sides of the House, but for them to flourish they need the support and help of Government. If that means regulating the high-cost credit industry while at the same time restricting its advertising budgets, as we have done in other industries, so be it.

Once again, I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting me time for this debate. I know how important it is to Members from both sides of the House and I look forward to hearing colleagues’ contributions.