Scottish Affairs Committee: Press Notice

Announcement 31 of Session 2008-09

14 July 2009

Banking in Scotland

Committee calls for further evidence

The Scottish Affairs Committee has held two evidence sessions on the issue of banking in Scotland. It took evidence from unions, Scottish Financial Enterprise, HBOS/Lloyds and RBS on the practical and competition implications of the merger between Lloyds Banking Group and HBOS, the operation of banks in Scotland following recent developments in the UK banking sector, and the provision of banking services to the public in the current economic climate.

In the light of the evidence received, the Committee has decided to extend its inquiry to focus on the following areas:

  • the effect of the banking crisis on jobs, banking services to the public and small business lending in Scotland;
  • the effect of the failure of Scottish banks and building societies on the international reputation of Scotland’s banking sector; and
  • the effectiveness of measures put in place by the UK Government to tackle the impact of the banking crisis and to aid recovery in Scotland.

Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course. The Committee will also examine other areas of interest that are raised during the course of its inquiry.

The Committee invites interested parties to submit written evidence on these matters in accordance with the guidelines stated below. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 22 September.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to or by post to the Clerk of the Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 3,000 words.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long). 

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.


1.   Committee Membership is as follows: Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman),  Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Mr Jim McGovern MP (Lab, Dundee West), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Lindsay Roy MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne), Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre) and Pete Wishart MP (SNP, Perth and North Perthshire).

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