MSP, North East Scotland
Like Jackie Baillie, I was a customer of RBS but, unlike her, I am no longer one of its customers. I will perhaps explain why in my speech. I thank the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee for producing the report. The remit of the inquiry was: “To examine the impact of bank branch closures in Scotland on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy and to explore what steps...
I am aware of that. However, it is important, on reserved matters such as regulation, which have such an impact on devolved matters, that we are a bit more—dare I say it—adventurous in working together. I do not know whether that issue was examined by the committee, but I like to think that it would have been. Surely it provides a lesson when we look to the future: we should...
I have a genuine question. I have heard from some banks that they cannot implement the hub idea because of regulatory restrictions. We know that the matter is reserved to the UK Government, but is that true? Could banks voluntarily engage in hubs in communities? I would genuinely like to know the answer to that question.
Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
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