Debates between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen

There have been 6 exchanges between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen

1 Tue 5th March 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
2 interactions (137 words)
2 Tue 6th November 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
3 interactions (250 words)
3 Tue 22nd May 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
3 interactions (166 words)
4 Tue 27th February 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
3 interactions (277 words)
5 Thu 18th January 2018 RBS Global Restructuring Group and SMEs
HM Treasury
3 interactions (456 words)
6 Tue 16th January 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
3 interactions (179 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Tuesday 5th March 2019

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Mar 2019, 12:36 p.m.

The Treasury Committee will today publish the Economic Secretary’s letter to me of 30 January on the current solution to problems faced by mortgage prisoners. This solution requires the private sector to be receptive to providing new mortgages to mortgage prisoners currently trapped with inactive lenders. What update can Ministers provide on the promised Treasury officials’ work with those lenders?

John Glen Portrait The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (John Glen) - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Mar 2019, 12:37 p.m.

I can tell my right hon. Friend that I am in conversation with the Financial Conduct Authority about its move to a relative rather than an absolute test. I note that there are a range of views out there about how this problem can be dealt with. The FCA has said that it will come back later this spring with its response, and I am happy to meet my right hon. Friend to discuss her concerns further.

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Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Tuesday 6th November 2018

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
6 Nov 2018, 11:52 a.m.

The Government are fully committed to achieving a good deal with the EU. We will make lots of assessments during that process, but our mind is focused on achieving that deal and the Government will achieve it.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Hansard
6 Nov 2018, 11:52 a.m.

Mr Speaker, through you, may I assure all Members of this House that the Treasury Committee will take very seriously the job of scrutinising the analysis produced by the Treasury on the final deal on behalf of all Members, and will let Members know the conclusions that we draw from that before the meaningful vote?

My hon. Friend the Minister may well be aware of the OBR discussion paper published last month on Brexit and the OBR’s forecasts. Paragraph 1.27, which talks about the risk of a disorderly Brexit, says that

“while not a direct parallel, it is worth noting that the ‘Three-Day Week’ introduced in early 1974…was associated with a fall in output of…under 3 per cent that quarter.”

The shadow Chancellor might think that the 1970s was a good way to manage the economy, but can my hon. Friend assure us that he does not think that that is the way forward for this country?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
6 Nov 2018, 11:53 a.m.

That is certainly not the way forward. I can assure my right hon. Friend that we are doing everything we can to plan for all eventualities. That is why I am taking through a large number of statutory instruments to take account of all possibilities next year, but we are working on, and focused on, achieving a good deal.

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Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Tuesday 22nd May 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
22 May 2018, 11:55 a.m.

I am of course happy to look at that case. Following my appearance at the Treasury Select Committee, I asked my officials to look at the guidance on the website, as I am anxious not to put misleading advice on there. The LISA is available for long-term savings. That was the scheme’s objective when it was set up.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 May 2018, 11:56 a.m.

I am pleased the Minister just mentioned his appearance before the Select Committee, where we explored the issue of the 25% charge and the fact that a further 6% of capital can also be lost. Will he update us? He has talked to officials about looking at the website. Will he ensure that the Treasury website is fully compliant with Financial Conduct Authority rules applicable to firms in the private sector?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 May 2018, 11:56 a.m.

I am taking this up further, but I am concerned not to put a misleading flat-rate percentage on there, given that most savers who make an unauthorised withdrawal will pay a different amount according to their circumstances.

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Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Tuesday 27th February 2018

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen - Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Feb 2018, 12:13 p.m.

The Government recognise that it is very important that we focus on the poorest people in our society. That is why we have increased the national living wage by 4.7%, which will mean a pay rise of £600 for those working full time. We have also increased the personal allowance, frozen fuel duty and increased childcare support to attend to the concerns that the hon. Gentleman has raised.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Feb 2018, 12:13 p.m.

As part of the Treasury Committee’s inquiry into household finances, we are looking at the problems facing financially vulnerable households. Last week, my Committee colleague, the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann), and I visited the citizens advice bureau in Nottingham. Caseworkers there told us about the problems caused by banks and companies, but said that the harshest creditor of all is the Government. There is little forbearance for late council tax or welfare overpayments, and bailiffs are often the first port of call, rather than a last resort. Is the Minister concerned by this heavy-handedness? Does he agree that central and local government should lead by example in their treatment of the most financially vulnerable?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Feb 2018, 12:13 p.m.

I acknowledge the vital work that my right hon. Friend and her Committee are undertaking in this important area. We will be implementing a breathing space as part of the work of the single financial guidance body. The Bill establishing that body is in Committee, as my right hon. Friend will know. I am absolutely determined that we will get this right and listen to best practice across the country. We committed in our manifesto to a six-week breathing space, and we will look carefully at the representations received from across the country.

RBS Global Restructuring Group and SMEs

Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Thursday 18th January 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
18 Jan 2018, 2:45 p.m.

I listened very carefully to the right hon. Gentleman’s remarks and he is absolutely right. We need a change to the culture to enable wrongdoing to be exposed and dealt with, and I will look very carefully at this matter and the principles in his suggestions.

I am very aware of the allegations and the powerful testimony made against RB. I have taken on board the discussions we have had today, and later I will refer to some of the other substantive points raised across the House, but I want to be clear with Members: I saw the front page of City A.M. today, whose headline is “Go Hang”, and I do not condone the language in the GRG letter that RBS itself chose to release yesterday. I assure the House that the Government take these issues and any allegations of malpractice very seriously.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan - Hansard
18 Jan 2018, 2:45 p.m.

Just for the record, will the Minister be very clear that RBS did not choose to release the letter; it was asked to do so, and like most other information, it has had to be dragged out of it by successive letters and attempts by Members of this House?

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
18 Jan 2018, 2:47 p.m.

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for her intervention and acknowledge the work she is doing on the Select Committee, and it would be much more helpful to this process if RBS were more co-operative with the Committee and the legitimate process of scrutiny that she and her Committee members are seeking to undertake.

Not only do the Government take these matters seriously, but the FCA is well aware of them and continues to address this issue. As I said, it will be the first thing I raise when I meet Andrew Bailey very shortly. In October, the FCA released a detailed summary of its skilled persons report, which examined RBS’s treatment of SMEs in financial difficulty. The FCA is now investigating the matters arising from the report.

I am aware of the frustration over the time the process is taking. The outcome of this investigation and the action the FCA proposes to take is critical to small businesses across this country, but I remind Members that the FCA is an independent body. That is vital to its role, credibility, authority and value to consumers, and they would be undermined if it were possible for the Government to intervene in day-to-day decision making. We can set the law, but we then must be bound by it and respect the judgment and independence of the FCA.

It would not be productive for me to address from the Dispatch Box every specific case and allegation, and I want now to turn to the wider issue of SMEs and how disputes are resolved between them and their banks.

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Debate between Baroness Morgan of Cotes and John Glen
Tuesday 16th January 2018

(2 years, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen - Hansard
16 Jan 2018, 12:14 p.m.

What we can agree is that the Government are united in working to secure the best and most ambitious Brexit deal. That will mean a bespoke deal that will not damage the long-term interests of the economy.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jan 2018, 12:15 p.m.

First, I welcome the Minister to his place in the Treasury. I am sure he will do an excellent job.

Is it not impossible to assess the impact of leaving, whether we are talking about the European economic area or the European Union, without knowing where we are headed? It is time for the Government to be clear about the end state of negotiations on financial services. I would like to see them publishing a position paper on financial services, particularly one informed by the meeting between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor last week.

John Glen Portrait John Glen - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jan 2018, 12:15 p.m.

I am extremely grateful to my right hon. Friend, the Chair of the Select Committee, for that. I am aware of her previous exchanges with the Chancellor, who has undertaken to look at this issue. I will be working with him and we will respond in due course.