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That this House notes that, despite irresponsible sub-prime lending and inappropriate borrowing precipitating the liquidity crisis and subsequent recession, sub-prime lenders are currently advertising money within the hour that is described as fast and flexible, with excessive typical annual percentage rates of 2,356 per cent. in the case of QuickQuid and 2,689 per cent. in the case of Wonga; believes that television advertising of such extremely expensive credit represents the migration of loan-shark style lending from the doorstep to the computer desktop; further believes that lending of this kind can prove both socially and financially irresponsible and that the Government and appropriate regulatory authorities should insist on the application of the regulatory principle of fair treatment of consumers which currently applies to savings and investments in the UK to sub-prime lending products to protect vulnerable consumers; and further believes that in the interim the Government should cap interest rates on sub-prime personal lending products and encourage the conditions for and promote the benefits of the establishment of social enterprises, such as credit unions, to create an alternative for consumers in need to turn to.
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