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Financial Inclusion

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many financial inclusion strategies his Department has had since May 1997; what the (a) title and (b) date of each was; and what recommendations each made to increase levels of financial inclusion in areas of high financial exclusion. (258624)

HM Treasury has published three documents setting out the Government’s policy and commitments on financial inclusion. The first was ‘Promoting financial inclusion’, in December 2004. In March 2007 HM Treasury published ‘Financial inclusion: the way forward’. The most recent document was ‘Financial inclusion: an action plan for 2008-11’, published in December 2007. All these documents can be found on HM Treasury’s financial inclusion pages at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/fin_inclusion_index.htm