Banking (Special Provisions) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:15 pm on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 12:15 pm, 21st February 2008

I plead guilty to repeatedly intervening; that is what we are here for. I completely understand the Minister's problem in respect of time, but he has several thousand civil servants and specific questions were asked. I asked a number of specific questions about the proposals put forward by Lloyds TSB. I asked him to confirm whether what I said was the case and to give an explanation. I have had no response. If the Minister is saying that he will write giving answers to these questions, I am satisfied. It would have been quite good if the officials had actually done the work and written to us this morning. It is not our choosing that this Bill is going through at this ridiculous pace, but it is our responsibility as Members of this place to ask the questions and it is the responsibility of the Executive to answer them.