RBS Bank Closures

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Luke Graham Luke Graham Conservative, Ochil and South Perthshire 12:00 am, 6th June 2018

What steps he has taken to respond to recent concerns on the closure of RBS bank branches in Scotland.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I have met RBS to discuss its decision and made it clear that its plans are disappointing for customers and communities across Scotland.

Photo of Luke Graham Luke Graham Conservative, Ochil and South Perthshire

Yesterday, I, along with other Members of this House, met representatives from RBS to voice the frustration of our constituents about how they have been treated by RBS. Will my right hon. Friend meet me to see what more can be done to pressure RBS to think again about its branch closure scheme in constituencies such as mine?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I am very happy to meet my hon. Friend, and I must say that I am very disappointed at the response from RBS to the significant report by the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs on this issue.

Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

With great swathes of Scotland losing bank branches while they are still awaiting decent broadband from the Scottish Government, what steps are the UK Government taking to support local authorities in the next round of the broadband roll-out, so that people losing local banking services can at least have good broadband?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

First, I commend the hon. Lady for her part in the excellent Scottish Affairs Committee report on RBS. She will have heard the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport make it absolutely clear that in future this Government are not going to rely on the Scottish Government for the roll-out of broadband and will engage directly with local authorities in Scotland.