Reforming Financial Markets

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 8th July 2009.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling The Chancellor of the Exchequer 12:33 pm, 8th July 2009

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his comments. I believe that the reforms that we are making to the relationship between the FSA, the Bank of England and the Treasury will make it much better. The relationship will be on a formal footing, with people able to see exactly what has been discussed and decided. When later questions arise about what happened in response to a particular warning or a concern that has been expressed, people will be able to see what was done. I think that that will make a big difference.

I agree with my right hon. Friend's general point about ensuring that banking serves the wider community because, after all, financial services are a means to an end. Those wider questions need to be addressed, and I know that the Treasury Committee has looked at them. That is something that I would support.