British Banking Sector - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 21 March 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted Liberal Democrat 3:06, 21 March 2023

My Lords, an FT piece yesterday, headlined “How ‘competitive’ would you like your bank regulation now?”, says:

The UK regulatory pendulum has been halted in mid-swing.”

Is that true? Credit Suisse had G-SIFI levels of capital and liquidity but was undone through bad culture. Are not the twin bastions of culture in the UK banks ring-fencing and the senior managers regime? Is it not also of massive cultural significance that it came from the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards? If the Government mess with those, where is the break on culture-based runs? What do they say when these practices come under lobbying pressures?