Banking Commission Report

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 19th December 2011.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 4:58 pm, 19th December 2011

The hon. Gentleman asks me not to undermine the independence of the board and, then, to provide all sorts of detail on exactly what the board should now do, so let me say this. I know that the Royal Bank of Scotland is a very important employer in Scotland and a very important part of the Scottish economy. We want to see it focused on its UK businesses, on UK corporate and individual customers, and its investment bank should support that service. The Royal Bank of Scotland management have also come to that conclusion, and in the coming months they will set out further details on how they are going to do that work, but it is a significant change of direction for the bank.