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Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Cold calling about claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Is there not a concern that, having given consent to be phoned once, an individual might then be subject to a series of unwanted phone calls? One could imagine a situation in which an initial call is wanted by one of our constituents, but a company takes advantage of the permission to make a series of unwarranted further calls by arguing that it has the legal power to do so. What would happen...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Cold calling about claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I apologise for intervening again, but I am thinking of an elderly constituent. One hears of scams and constituents being taken advantage of. How do we protect the individual who genuinely wants information and perhaps gives permission once, but then, perhaps because of their age or infirmity or whatever, they start to get taken advantage of? How do we prevent that?

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Extent (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I have concerns about clause 30. If the Bill is put on the statute book as drafted, with the current commencement provisions in clause 30, the new financial guidance body might not be as effective as we would all have hoped. Ministers might want to address these concerns and reflect on whether the commencement provisions are still appropriate. The first concern is whether the financial...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Extent (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I am grateful for your guidance, Mr Rosindell. I am concerned that we should not rush to commence the legislation until we have had an assurance that the new financial guidance body will have accurate data about which parts of the country have the highest levels of debt and the highest levels of cost. I am seeking to use this debate on clause 30 stand part to ask Ministers what confidence...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Extent (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I am extremely grateful to you, Mr Rosindell, because you made your intervention just as I was drawing my remarks to an end. Given your great act of charity, I have made the three points I wanted to make, and I now look to the Minister to address my concerns.

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Extent (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I am grateful to the Minister for his generous response. Perhaps he would be willing to look kindly on a letter setting out some of the concerns about the dataset that is currently provided. I gently suggest that Ministers might engage with UK Finance to encourage the release of further data to help make that a more useful exercise.

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Transfer to FCA of regulation of claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Nationwide is not a bank; it is a building society, with a very different tradition to the corporate interests of the big banks. I make that as an aside. Although I am not normally a fan of secondary legislation as opposed to primary legislation, I wanted to press the Minister: will he consider the broader point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington—that there...

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Transfer to FCA of regulation of claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Does the Minister accept that there is a risk that the FCA has been captured by some of the bigger financial interests, and that additional legal protection is therefore required to rebalance how it operates to properly protect the consumer interest?

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Transfer to FCA of regulation of claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: I commend the Minister for pressing Andrew Bailey, because the FCA under his leadership has a reputation of having become a bit pedestrian. However, I do not see why there is a clash between adding the new clause, as my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington proposes, and cracking on with the consultation exercise that the Minister just described. Surely they gel nicely.

Public Bill Committee: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Transfer to FCA of regulation of claims management services (6 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: May I push the Minister a little harder? I could understand it if he was arguing that there should be a change to the proposal made by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington, saying that regulations should be brought forward to give Government the chance to bring in a duty of care once the consultation had taken place. Instead, he seems to be saying, “Let’s not bother...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Cooperatives (5 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage the growth of housing co-operation; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Cooperatives (5 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes that are in housing cooperatives were completed in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Given the significant rise in household debt and the fear that payday lenders will seek to take advantage of that situation, is not this the right time to seek a significant expansion of credit unions across the UK? What might the Minister do to facilitate such an expansion?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Agency Workers (30 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Whether he plans to review the rules governing the use of agency workers.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Agency Workers (30 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: Two thousand workers in BT call centres, some of whom handle 999 calls, are paid up to £500 less per month than permanent staff because BT uses the loophole known as the Swedish derogation under agency workers regulations. Taylor recommended its abolition; when will the Minister get on with it?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Credit Unions (30 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what further steps he plans to take to promote access to the Armed Forces Credit Union; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Credit Unions (29 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to offer payroll deduction services for credit union membership to all her Department's employees; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing: Cooperatives (29 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes that are in housing cooperatives were completed in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Cooperatives and Mutual Societies: Capital Investment (29 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to help co-operatives and mutuals obtain access to capital for expansion and referencing; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Employee Ownership (29 Jan 2018)

Gareth Thomas: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what further incentives he will offer to encourage employee ownership of companies; and if he will make a statement.


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