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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David Geale: There is an interesting thing around the terminology. The IGCs do not have power to act and make changes within the firm. They would make reports to the board, in terms of the changes they expect to be made and the issues they found around value for money. You are right—the committee is not a governance feature within a firm because it cannot physically make the changes; it would be asking the board to do it. If the board is not making those changes, it would be making that public or asking the FCA to take action with the firm. I see no reason why the assessment of value for money that they have been set up to do should not be effective. Whether it should be called a governance committee—I take the point.