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RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I beg to move, That this House has considered RBS branch closures in Argyll and Bute. It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s decision to close 62 of its branches in Scotland—a decision that will leave 13 towns in rural Scotland without a single bank—is, in short, a disgrace, and will inflict further long-lasting...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is a point that I will come to with some vigour later. The decision of the Royal Bank of Scotland to turn its back on so many of our communities, particularly those where it is the last bank in town, despite an earlier promise not to do such a thing, is a scandalous abdication of its social responsibility to rural Scotland, and to those people who were...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. If the Royal Bank of Scotland was not aware before of the anger that this has caused across Scotland, it is very aware now. It has been well documented that in my Argyll and Bute constituency, RBS plans to close three branches, in Campeltown, Rothesay and Inveraray. I cannot begin to describe the sense of anger and the growing hostility in those towns, and...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: My hon. Friend makes a very powerful case. Like the Royal Bank of Scotland at the beginning, the UK Government have underestimated the sense of anger within our rural communities. We must keep up the pressure on the UK Government to act, and act swiftly.

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. The idea that the post office network in our rural communities can somehow pick up the slack on this is nonsensical. It is an absolute fantasy and it will not work. Without any consultation whatever, RBS has decided that people in Campbeltown who wish to continue banking with it must now endure a 175-mile round trip to Oban. Alternatively, they could...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I absolutely agree. It is a double whammy for so many of our rural communities. Whether RBS likes it or not, there are still plenty of people who rely on a local, accessible bank in their town or village: the elderly, who still depend on an over-the-counter banking facility; people with learning difficulties, who have built a relationship with bank staff and trust them to help with their...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I absolutely agree, and I find it utterly bewildering that the work was not done—or, if the work was done, that the Royal Bank of Scotland did not reach that very obvious conclusion. Let me be clear: I have no doubt that the number of people accessing their local branch is falling, but I question the way in which RBS has collated the numbers. It is twisting and manipulating them to make...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I will make some progress before I give way again. Using RBS’s own statistics, however, my right hon. Friend the Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber showed how misleading those numbers are. He explained that the justification given by the Royal Bank of Scotland for closing a branch in his constituency, in the town of Beauly, was that only 27 people a week used it, yet the Beauly branch...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I could not put it better myself, so I will not try to. Let me be clear: there is more to these ruthless closures than the effect on individuals and businesses. As many know, Argyll and Bute is a beautiful but remote part of the country. With that remoteness come many demographic and economic challenges, but we are determined to overcome those obstacles. Argyll and Bute Council, Highlands and...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: If the intervention is extremely short.

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Minister should be in no doubt: the people of Argyll and Bute, Argyll and Bute Council, the Argyll and Bute Economic Forum and Scottish Rural Action demand that the UK Government intervene to stop the closures. Will the UK Government choose to get involved, or will they ignore the overwhelming opinion of the people of Argyll and Bute and choose...

Sky/Fox Update (23 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. I have said many times in this place that plurality and diversity are vital components of an independent media, and therefore I welcome today’s findings by the CMA, which have put on the record the valid concerns that many people have about the further concentration of media ownership in fewer and fewer hands. Although...

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Will the Minister confirm that the Government can intervene if they wish to but have chosen not to do so?

Banks and Communities — [Mr Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield) on securing the debate. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s decision to close 62 of its branches in Scotland—a decision that will leave 13 towns in rural Scotland without a single bank—is an absolute disgrace and will inflict further long-lasting...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT: EU Law (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to implement the EU Network and Information Systems Directive.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT: EU Law (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what parliamentary scrutiny there will be of the implementation of the EU Network and Information Systems Directive.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT: EU Law (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether any sector-specific guidance will be drafted to support the implementation of the EU Network and Information Systems Directive.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: ICT: EU Law (11 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how compliance with the EU Network and Information Systems Directive will be (a) monitored and (b) enforced.

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: May I add my congratulations and best wishes to the Secretary of State as he takes up his new position? Does he agree that, as a publicly funded institution, the BBC has to be both transparent and accountable, and that the existence of this secret gender pay gap in the corporation shows that it has been anything but? Perhaps that would explain why the BBC management were so vehemently opposed...


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