New Clause 2 — Burden of proof: persons performimg significant influence functions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 8th July 2013.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Shadow Minister (Treasury) 8:30 pm, 8th July 2013

I might have been tempted to support new clause 2 had the hon. Gentleman decided to put it to the vote, and I look forward with interest to hearing what the Minister has to say. I understand the issues relating to length of time and the dangers of a catch-all provision but, in the aftermath of the banking crisis, the legal and regulatory structures, and the further changes that the Government promise to introduce, we need to ensure that the banking culture really changes. New clause 5 attempts to ensure that banks think for themselves about how to ensure that their performance is sustainable. Now that the Government have moved to an acceptance of the broad principle, the devil will be in the detail of what they do next. Perhaps the Minister will have more to say on that.