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 Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 9:30 am, 21st October 2014

May I go back to the FCA and the issue of product regulation? Quite why I am doing this, I am not sure, but I am playing devil’s advocate. Next April we may get new products—flexible drawdowny-type things; we do not know what they will look like yet. The FCA does not pre-approve products, so someone could try to sell a slight flaky drawdown product, things could go wrong and then you would clear up the mess. What pre-emptive things can you do to stop people being sold unsuitable, bad value for money products and so on? What are your product regulation powers and how far can you use them in advance of things going wrong?