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MPs debate scamming and its effect on vulnerable individuals

1 August 2016

On Thursday 8 September MPs took part in a House of Commons Chamber debate on scamming and its effect on vulnerable individuals. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Patricia Gibson.

The debate was opened by Julian Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull and Patricia Gibson, Scottish National Party MP for North Ayrshire and Arran.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

There was a briefing paper for this debate produced by the House of Commons Library which includes more information on its subject:

Text of the Motion debated

That this House believes that the elderly and vulnerable are a high-risk group from having harm done to their financial, emotional and psychological wellbeing from criminals who target them with scam calls, post and visits; praises the work that trading standards does to combat scams; calls on financial institutions and the communications industry to put in place mechanisms to protect potential victims from scams; further calls on the Government to recognise the threat from scams to victims' ability to live independently; draws attention to the measures proposed by Bournemouth University, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and National Trading Standards Scams Team on financial harm as useful first steps in tackling such scams; and calls on the Government to make suggestions on further steps to tackle such criminality.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

Further information

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