Breathing Space Scheme: Consultation Response - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:59 pm on 19th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 3:59 pm, 19th June 2019

My Lords, does the Minister accept that the picture he has painted of millions of people in debt and in poverty is at odds with the rosy picture that the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, tried to paint at Question Time earlier today? Could he have a word with his noble friend and explain to her that United Nations rapporteurs have no incentive to tell other than the truth? That is what they are there for. When that Minister comes here, it is to answer questions from the right reverend Prelates and Cross-Benchers, as well as from Members from political parties. It would do her and the House a great deal of service if she would make some attempt to answer them fairly and honestly.