Credit Unions — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 23rd November 2011.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (International Development) 2:30 pm, 23rd November 2011

I declare an interest as a fully paid-up member of the Society Credit Union in Londonderry. I congratulate Damian Hinds on securing this debate. In his very illuminating introduction, he mentioned a couple of times the differing aspects of credit unions. That applies particularly to Northern Ireland, where credit unions are flourishing and have done so for many decades. He has already alluded to flexibility, but does he agree that any changes we contemplate need to be sufficiently flexible to allow for growth in communities where credit unions have been stunted and have not really taken root, while allowing credit unions in areas where they show significant growth to expand even beyond the reach that they have managed over many decades?