John Redwood’s contribution to Treasury Questions, 21 June

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Given the large amount of state bank debt still on the balance sheet, will my right hon. Friend consider a scheme to make an early transfer of shares in the state-owned banks to taxpayers for free, on condition that, as and when people sell, they send money back to the Treasury to represent the Treasury cost of those shares?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr George Osborne): I am always happy to discuss the ideas of my right hon. Friend or other Members on how we dispose of those bank shares. The House will know that we announced last week that we are putting Northern Rock up for sale—the good bank in Northern Rock, of course; the state will hold on to the bad bank for many years to come. We want to exit from our shareholdings in RBS and Lloyds in due course, but we do not judge now to be the right time.

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  1. Scottspeig
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Why oh why would you sell the good and keep the bad?!? Surely you either sell it all or keep it all??

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