Following the great news that a free to use 24/7 ATM will return to Battle High Street, I took the opportunity during the Business of the House today to ask the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, whether the Government will support and deliver the legislation I introduced, which will mean every high street across the UK that supports 5,000 residents will have a free to use cash-point. The Leader of the House urged me to pursue this cause.
Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con)
"Will the Government back and give time to cross-party calls for the financial services industry to provide, or maintain, at least one free-to-use, 24/7 cashpoint machine for every high street that supports 5,000 residents?"
"My hon. Friend has presented a ten-minute rule Bill on that subject, and he may want to introduce a similar Bill in the new Session. Alternatively, he could enter the lottery for a private Member’s Bill, which could give him a great deal of time in which to discuss the issue. However, I share his concern about the need to ensure that people have access to cash."