Black Friday: Financial Products — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:31 pm on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education) 2:31 pm, 23rd November 2021

I congratulate my hon. Friend on all the work that she has done on this issue, as mentioned by my hon. Friend Catherine West. Let me pick up on the point my hon. Friend Stella Creasy is making very powerfully about people who get into debt and feel pressured into buying things for their family and friends, especially because this is the first time for a while that they can celebrate Christmas properly with family. Recent research by Citizens Advice, which I have seen, found that 39% of people who have opted to buy now, pay later online did so without realising that they were signing up to a high-interest loan. That lack of transparency is very concerning to me. Does she agree that with pressure on our constituents to make purchases online before the products are likely to rise in cost before Christmas, the Government should set out what they will do in the coming days and weeks to make sure that people know exactly what they are signing up for when they take out a buy now, pay later product?