Examination of Witnesses

Part of Pension Schemes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 21st October 2014.

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Photo of Gregg McClymont Gregg McClymont Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 9:30 am, 21st October 2014

May I ask finally, for the moment, a broader question about the FCA? It strikes me that the FCA and its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority, were and are focused on banks and financial services. Certainly my sense is that, in the past at least, the FSA was much less focused on pensions than on those other important areas. Can we be confident that the FCA has sufficient capacity and expertise in pensions to do the job it has been asked to do? Going on to the wider job around collective risk sharing, if the FCA has a significant role in that—perhaps you have a view on that role—can we be confident that the FCA has the capacity and expertise to deliver in those areas?