Clause 6 — Extension of scope of regulation

Part of Financial Services Bill (Money) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 10th December 2012.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Labour, Wirral South 9:00 pm, 10th December 2012

My hon. Friend mentioned ethics a moment ago. Although we need a financial services system that is internally ethical and that has the right culture, there is a broader problem. The LIBOR scandal bit in the way it did not because it was a usual Whitehall story, but because the Government rely on LIBOR, among other indices, to know what is going on in financial services. This might not be the part of the Bill that has been most hotly debated this evening, but we are all reliant on these indices. Is that why my hon. Friend is suggesting that we should cast the net a little wider and try to get ahead of the problem rather than constantly chase ourselves?