Bank of England to take on more regulatory role, UK coalition government announces

27 July 2010

The Bank of England (BoE) may control a new regulatory committee as part of a number of proposals to change the way in which the financial services industry is supervised.

A consultation document from the UK’s Coalition government outlines a strategy to set up a new Financial Policy Committee (FPC) in the autumn of 2010.

The creation of the FPC would provide the BoE with powers of macro prudential regulation.

It will be headed up by the BoE’s new deputy governor with Hector Sant, the current chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), to be the first to take up the position.

Mark Hoban, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “The Coalition government is delivering on its commitment to reform the financial system, to avoid repeating the mistakes of the recent financial crisis and to ensure that taxpayers are protected. “

He added that the launch of the consultation is a “crucial milestone” in its attempts to reform the industry.

The document also includes plans to create a Consumer Protection and Markets Authority, which would police conduct within the financial markets.

By Jim Ottewill

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