HC Deb 19 July 2001 vol 372 c375W
19. Mr. Gareth R. Thomas

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further action he is taking to develop the credit union sector. [3342]

Ruth Kelly

The Government support credit unions' ethos of self-help and thrift, and believe that by offering savings and affordable loans, particularly to the less well-off, they can make a valuable contribution in the area of increasing access to financial services. That is why the Government have been involved with a number of initiatives to help the sector grow, but ultimately every credit union's future rests in the hands of the members and the dedicated volunteers who run them.

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