Financial Regulation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 8th February 2011.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 2:30 pm, 8th February 2011

The hon. Gentleman can rest assured that I will certainly do that. I do not think that he has given a fair representation of the role that we expect the prudential regulator to fulfil. What I will say about the prudential regulator and the fact that it will come under the aegis of the Bank of England is this: I hope that it will exercise discretion and judgment as well as simply making sure that boxes are ticked. The decision to allow Royal Bank of Scotland to buy ABN AMRO in 2007 might have ticked the various boxes in the regulations at the time, but it was clearly the wrong judgment. I expect and hope that in future our new regulator would be able to step in at that point.