Results 1–20 of 2007 for speaker:Stella Creasy

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: The Minister mentions that the FCA consulted on persistent debt. The FCA defines persistent debt as paying 100% in interest and charges on top of the principal repaid over an 18-month period. Given the evidence that that is exactly what people are doing on these credit cards, and the fact that we intervened and capped the cost of credit through payday loans when we saw that, will the Minister...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: The Minister has not answered my question. With the greatest respect to the Minister, I asked him a very specific question about the disparity between it being unacceptable for people with payday loans to pay double in interest what they had taken out, and those 5 million people who are stuck in 10 years-worth or more of credit card debt continuing to pay those rates. I would like his...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I beg to move, That this House has considered regulation of the cost of credit cards. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. I hope that by the end of the debate we will actually have done more than consider the cost of credit cards. This is a familiar place for me to come to raise concerns with Ministers about personal debt in this country. However, I hope that I get a...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I appreciate that the hon. Gentleman has a particular concern. I hope I can convince him that the regulation of credit cards that I am interested in is about their cost to the consumer in the first instance. I do not think the reason we have such a personal debt crisis in this country is rocket science. There is simply too much month at the end of the money for too many people. We now know...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: The hon. Gentleman prefigures much of what I will say about who I believe are the new Wongas in our society. It is not possible to make the argument that the millions of people on zero-hours contracts and in temporary work can manage their repayments and can be confident about the amount of money coming into their households. With millions of people now self-employed, and more people in...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The idea is that this is just a problem for a few hundred thousand people, but debt, worrying about debt and the causes of debt are mainstream concerns in this country. Debt management, debt advice and the work of Citizens Advice is very important, but I also believe that, when we see these problems growing again, there is a role for us to step in...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I happily join the hon. Gentleman in supporting Christians Against Poverty, which very kindly came and ran a workshop for activists in my local community not a few weeks ago, to help residents to understand what they should say to somebody who is struggling with debt. People often do not see credit cards as debt because they are just a fact of life. We know that the Financial Conduct...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention: Credit Cards: Cost Regulation — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: I thank the hon. Lady for pointing out the research that I am quoting and the paper that I have read. This is my concern. Having read exactly what the Financial Conduct Authority is doing, I think that it is missing a trick, and I am appealing to Ministers to intervene. Let me explain why. We can look at companies such as Vanquis, which offers people £1,000 straight off—no credit...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech about a lot of very complex issues. Before she sits down, will she tell us what role she envisages for non-governmental organisations and human rights organisations in some of the discussions that she thinks the Government could have with the Israeli authorities? She has talked a lot about the research they have done, but does she see a role for...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: May I join the Minister in calling out controlling and misogynistic language—trying to shout women down in public life? We must learn the lesson that the suffragettes taught all of us: it is deeds, not words, that we are here to give. Will she join those of us calling out the Sierra Leonean politicians using female genital mutilation as an election pledge and standing with the women...

Public Service Delivery: Northamptonshire (6 Feb 2018)

Stella Creasy: The Minister boasts of a settlement given to local government. Northamptonshire’s accounts show that in the next five years it will owe £240 million to private finance initiative schemes, of which £77 million is interest alone, paid to shareholders. Does he therefore agree that it is time for a windfall tax on the excessive profits of these companies so that we can put the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sierra Leone: Female Genital Mutilation (25 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking in response to reports that FGM has been used by political parties in Sierra Leone as part of the electoral process.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma: Protest (25 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made representations on the killing of nine ethnic Rakhine protesters in Rakhine State’s Mrauk U Township to the Burmese Government; and if he will support an investigation into that incident.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Sierra Leone: Female Genital Mutilation (25 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on the use of FGM by political parties in Sierra Leone as part of the electoral process; and what the effect is of such use on her Department's efforts to tackle FGM.

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support (19 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: Although all of us understand the desire not to prejudice any possible action by the victims, a letter from the Secretary of State’s predecessor on 8 January—it is a public letter open to MPs—states that the victims were not contacted until October, having last had contact in 2009. He knows the concern that it is not just about updating victims, but about involving them in...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Private Finance Initiative (16 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 25744 and of 6 June 2016 to Question 38400, when he plans to publish the equity return information on all PFI and PF2 projects.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Infrastructure: Public Sector (16 Jan 2018)

Stella Creasy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many business cases for public sector infrastructure investment projects which are not financed by the private sector his Department has received by (a) Government department, (b) outcome and (c) year since 1990.


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