Backbench Business — High-cost Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:52 pm on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price Conservative, Thurrock 12:52 pm, 5th September 2013

The reality is that people will follow regulation if it is economical to do so, otherwise they will go elsewhere. My evidence is that people are accessing these loans in the first place. We have a failure in the market to extend affordable credit, and that is the issue that we are trying to tackle today. I remind the hon. Lady of what was said earlier. The rules and the tools are already in place, but the regulator has failed to use them. This is not about more burdensome regulation; it is about regulators being prepared to use their teeth and the tools that they have to do the job.