A round-up of parliamentary business during the week beginning 4 August:
Very little of direct interest to report this week…
According to Treasury committee chair Andrew Tyrie, bankers complaining about the burden of regulation need to produce detailed figures quantifying the cost to their companies to make their case. In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Tyrie said MPs lacked one of the main tools for assessing claims by senior bankers that regulation was threatening to become disproportionate.
The Ministry of Justice published their mortgage and landlord possession statistics. In the second quarter of 2014 there was 10,776 claims in county courts for mortgage possession. This represents the lowest quarterly figure recorded in over a decade.
We of course had the Scottish independence debate this week between the two rival campaign leaders Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. Despite being tipped to win, Mr Salmond lost the debate, with Mr Darling receiving 56% of the vote, according to an ICM poll published soon after the televised debate concluded.
And the Mayor of London Boris Johnson finally ended years of speculation (and denial) by announcing that he does intend to stand for Parliament in the 2015 General Election. The Telegraph reported that Mr Johnson “is being lined up to become Business Secretary within a year” of a Conservative victory. Mr Johnson will end his second term as Mayor in 2016. He is predicted to seek selection as the candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
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