Financial Services Bill

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 5:48 pm on 6th February 2012.

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Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 5:48 pm, 6th February 2012

My very clear advice to the Chancellor is that when he gives people a clear statutory responsibility for a particular function and legislates for three deputy governors who are the heads of individual agencies, he should also design his crisis resolution and decision-making procedures so that his experts are in the room and he can hear the array of their views. The idea that it is better for the Chancellor to require the Bank to resolve such issues internally and come to him with one voice—one Governor, one decision maker—is a flawed structure of regulation. The point, however, is that that is not what the Bill intends. It intends for the FCA and PRA to be important institutions, in which case the Chancellor should get them in the room.