The Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking, Clive Lewis MP, took the decision today to pull our main chamber debate earlier today. Due to the last-minute tabling of the very worthy debate on the ongoing issues in Yemen, the time left available for our debate would not have been sufficient to do justice to our very important cause.
Via a Point of Order he raised with the Deputy Speaker concern the debate on RBS GRG would be given little more than thirty minutes, insufficient time given this is an extremely pressing issue. As such he requested the speaker approach the Chair of the Back-Bench Committee and the Leader of the House to ensure sufficient time was allocated in the near future.
Both the chair of the Back-Bench Committee and the Speaker acknowledged this and said the issue would be prioritised in the coming weeks.
Clive Lewis MP, APPG Co-Chair, said: “This was a very difficult decision to make but one everyone involved agreed was the right decision. Although disappointing it now means this critical debate will be prioritised and given the time it so very deserves. It also gives the APPG more time to mobilise more of those affected by the GRG to contact their MPS and ensure this debate genuinely holds this government, RBS and the financial sector to account.”
Kevin Hollinrake MP, APPG Vice-Chair, said: “It’s tremendously disappointing for all individuals who travelled to watch this debate today to finally have their voices heard in parliament. However, it is crucially important that there is ample time to debate this important issue. The debate will take place in January. The minister responsible has today agreed to meet with APPG officers about our proposal for an independent financial services tribunal.”
Norman Lamb MP, APPG Vice-Chair, said: “This is incredibly frustrating for all those who travelled to Westminster for the debate. Ultimately it was the right decision to pull it. The vital priority is for this scandal to be fully debated in parliament and for urgent progress to be made in terms of establishing a tribunal system to protect SME owners in the future against the sort of treatment that has caused so much damage to businesses and to people’s lives. It is also essential in my view that those responsible for the destruction of viable businesses be held to account.”