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Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:39 pm on 1st February 2016.

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Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Conservative, Wyre Forest 4:39 pm, 1st February 2016

The presumption of responsibility has not gone. The senior managers regime absolutely includes the presumption of responsibility for everybody in these institutions. The hon. Gentleman may have had a number of conversations with some of the banks being affected by this, as I have, and I served on the banking commission that brought in the reverse burden of proof. What is interesting is that the banks are now complaining bitterly that the reverse burden of proof has now been reversed, because that managed to be a tick-box operation and they now have a much more onerous responsibility for management than they ever had before. This is a far stronger measure for ensuring probity for the managers of banks than the reverse burden of proof.