§ Mr. Gardiner
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts have been concluded as a result of the Government's commitment to support ethical banking. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The Government believe it is important for consumers to have choice in financial products, including the availability of 'ethical' products. However, it would not be appropriate for the government to exclusively support the development of one specific group of financial service providers. It is for individual consumers to decide the attributes they most value from their financial services and for financial services firms to be transparent about their use of funds and investments.