Part of Consumer Credit Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 27 January 2005.

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Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs) 9:25, 27 January 2005

Yes, I will, provided that the hon. Gentleman accepts that we are not trying to limit the consumer protection. We are trying to strike a balance.

The hon. Gentleman made the point about former spouses. Another example would be a sole trader who applies for a licence to carry out credit services for a car showroom. The trader's spouse has recent convictions for car clocking under the Trade Descriptions Act, a history of failure to deal with consumer complaints, and had their licence revoked a year ago. However, the spouse is not involved in the business, and nor is it clear that the spouse is still co-habiting with the applicant. In such a case, the requirement may state that the trader will be granted a consumer credit licence on condition that they do not employ or involve their spouse in any capacity in the licence of the above business.

There are many examples that could be considered. However, in the spirit in which the hon. Gentleman outlined his amendment—although technically it would not achieve what he wants it to—I will consider a clearer definition. Therefore, I ask him to withdraw his amendment.