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The Economy and Welfare Reform (25 May 2005)

Gordon Banks: I congratulate hon. Members who have made their maiden speech today, especially my hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mary Creagh) and the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Mr. Leech). I am grateful for this opportunity, and it is with pride and humility that I rise to make my maiden speech. My pride is in the faith that my constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire has placed in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: G8 Summit (7 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: What discussions he has had with the First Minister in relation to policing at the forthcoming G8 summit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: G8 Summit (7 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. As he knows, the G8 summit is taking place in my constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire. With the advent of Live 8 and Bob Geldof's encouragement for getting a million people to converge on Scotland during a week in which "T in the Park" and the world-famous Alva games are also going on in my constituency, is my right hon. Friend concerned...

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill (9 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: At the risk of repeating what others may have said already, let me say that I welcome the Bill. The existing legislation is more than 30 years old, and in that time we have seen many fundamental changes in our attitudes in society and to our attitudes to borrowing money and consumer credit. Credit cards have become a way of life in the United Kingdom. Many of us are quite capable of managing...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Clause 11 — Donations to charity by individuals (13 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: To pick up on the point made by the hon. Member for Ludlow (Mr. Dunne) about the increased sales in the bookshop, if other services that support that main exhibit increase by the same significant amount, the overall effect is positive.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Ministerial Meetings (15 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the outcome of his recent meetings with the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Darfur (15 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Saddam Hussein (21 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: If he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the trial of Saddam Hussein and the possibility that he may be sentenced to death.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Saddam Hussein (21 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: I thank the Minister for his answer but, recognising that there still exists in Iraq resistance to the current Iraqi Administration and to coalition troops, does he believe that, should the Iraqi Government seek the death penalty in the trial of Saddam Hussein, they risk making him a martyr, provoking the remaining insurgents and subsequently causing an increase in the number of attacks in Iraq?

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 6 - Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements (23 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: I beg to move amendment No. 33, in clause 6, page 4, line 35, at end insert— ‘(c)shall, where the term of the credit agreement is more than one month but not more than twelve months, give the debtor a statement under this section within 14 days of the mid point of the term of the agreement.’.

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 6 - Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements (23 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: I would like to outline a brief summary of the problem, its solution and the reasoning behind amendments Nos. 33 and 34. Clause 6 places a requirement for regular information provision from lenders through annual statements, providing their annual credit is held in excess of 52 weeks. Information must include an annual statement as to what is owed and failure to provide this information will...

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 6 - Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements (23 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: The amendment concerns loan agreements in excess of one month.

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 6 - Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements (23 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: As my hon. Friend the Minister said, this is a probing amendment. One of the issues that has come up in our discussion is the clarity of loan books, and I am glad that the Minister responded to that. We have all seen examples of such books; USA residents, somewhere in Philadelphia, are probably required to understand some of them. There is another point to be made: a simply worded statement...

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 30 - Guidance on fitness test (28 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: I should like to pick up on the point made by the hon. Member for Wealden, who said that extended data sharing was absolutely vital to the delivery of responsible lending. The extension of data sharing must be the way forward to deliver the amendment tabled by my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West.

Public Bill Committee: Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 47 - Power of OFT to require access to premises (28 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: To reinforce what the hon. Gentleman has said, I sought a definition of “reasonably” and “reasonable”, particularly with reference to new new section 36C(5): “The OFT shall give reasonable notice of” times for inspection. What is considered reasonable and who is it considered reasonable by?

Africa (Poverty) (30 Jun 2005)

Gordon Banks: In approaching this debate, I am reminded of the defining statement of the Labour party, produced on the back of each membership card: "by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone". Through that statement of principle and notion of solidarity, I hope that our fellow parliamentarians and legislators around the world, and our fellow people around the world,...

Written Answers — Defence: Africa (Peace-building) (4 Jul 2005)

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department plays in strengthening African peace-building capabilities.

Government Regulation (4 Jul 2005)

Gordon Banks: I was interested to hear the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) give an analysis of local authority administration. I should like to draw his and the House's attention to the activities of two neighbouring councils in Scotland. Perth and Kinross council, which strangely enough is controlled by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party, sought public liability insurance...

Government Regulation (4 Jul 2005)

Gordon Banks: I shall deal with the effect in various Departments shortly. Adapting the process whereby inspections are made so that companies do not face unnecessary repeat inspections will free up time. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor clearly demonstrated his commitment in the Budget, and Departments will be challenged to simplify and reduce regulations. The move to a more intelligent, risk-based...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: G8 Summit (5 Jul 2005)

Gordon Banks: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be inappropriate to consider the economic benefit of the G8 summit too narrowly? Will not Scotland derive the greatest benefit from decisions made at Gleneagles to eradicate poverty in Africa and to ensure that continent's rise as an economic power? That regeneration will present an opportunity to develop Scotland's historic trading links with Africa.


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