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Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: Surely the point is that by establishing a fiduciary duty a regulated entity would be expected to pursue exactly those duties. Therefore a regulated entity or other authorised person would be deemed by the regulator to be required to follow exactly those duties. If the noble Baroness thinks that this is too weak, I will be very happy to bring a stronger duty of care back on Report.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: Core duties are defined in the Bill.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, Amendment 101 in my name and the names of my noble friends Lord Tunnicliffe and Lord McFall goes to the heart of the change in culture which all of us wish to see in the relationship between banks and their customers, particularly their retail customers. Our objective is for banks to see their relationship with their retail customers as ensuring the financial success and security of...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day)(Continued) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I am sure that the Treasury has studied carefully the experience of a measure developed in the United States which is very similar to this and which has been remarkably successful over the past three or four years in bringing forward very important information to the regulatory authorities. When the noble Lord replies, perhaps he would reflect on the American experience and say how...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, we have already, on some previous amendments, begun to discuss the issue of the culture within banks and the culture which contributed significantly to the disaster in the banking system of the past four or five years. Nowhere does that bite become more evident than in the issue of remuneration. There has been considerable disquiet about the sheer scale of remuneration but this...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, LordLawson, in this amendment. It seems a modest amendment, calling for a review in three years’ time when the appropriate information from the United States will be available. It will be valuable to have this clause in the legislation to ensure that that review takes place, because it is so easy—given the exigencies of the moment—for major issues,...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, will the Minister answer the question I asked about the statement that the Bank of England has made today that the Financial Policy Committee will publish its assessment of the appropriate level of the leverage ratio by the end of this year? When it publishes that assessment, who is then going to act and what are they going to do?

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: I am intrigued by that argument. The noble Lord started off with a powerful argument for the necessity of a leverage ratio that is allied with risk-weighted assets and other measures. He is now saying that we do not need it because it is all there already. Why, then, are we even bothering to think about introducing it in 2017 or 2018? As he said, we have all the powers already. He is...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, this amendment, which I hope will become a new clause in the Bill, is probably the most important in the Bill. It defines whether we are really serious. If we are not serious, we will reject the idea of having a leverage ratio as one of the armaments of the FPC. If we are serious, the Financial Policy Committee must have this tool. As the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, has argued,...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, it is clear from remarks made around the House that noble Lords support the intention of these amendments—that there should be regular dialogue between the regulators and auditors, and that accounts submitted to the regulators should be fit for purpose and provide the relevant information to inform their decision-making. I understand that the contested issue is whether these...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I was a member of the first regulatory decisions committee established under the Financial Services Authority. It was established at that time because it was felt that the FSA’s procedures would run counter to the Human Rights Act, in the sense that those procedures were both judge and jury. The role of the committee was to act as an independent assessor of the regulatory and...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, in general these are desirable and beneficial changes, although they do not really represent the great boost to the growth of the mutual sector which we might have expected. However, I want to raise just two major issues. The increase in the use of electronic communication, particularly given the typical customer profile of building societies, raises the possibility that certain...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I remember discussing this at length during the passage of the previous Financial Services Bill. At that time, I commented that one could often detect whether a proposition made any sense by proposing a negative outcome. If we suppose that the duty is to make the markets work badly, that does not make any sense at all. Therefore, it seems to me that the strategic objective is...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, we had a considerable discussion about the creation of the rather unfortunately named oversight committee, given the dual meaning of the word “oversight”, during the passage of the Financial Services Bill, now an Act. I am broadly in sympathy with the argument that the noble Lord, Lord Turnbull, has made, which carries through the logic from the ICB or the Treasury Committee—I...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for introducing these amendments. However, can we reflect a little on the rush towards competition? A competitive system, if it is working effectively, is likely to result in the elimination of institutions from time to time, a process that was famously described as “creative destruction”. That sort of process can be seen quite clearly in countries...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I believe that these measures are valuable as an ultimate backstop, as the noble Lord has suggested. I just wonder, as I intimated earlier, whether there is some confusion in ultimate authority, as between the discussions of the payments systems regulator, and the role here, involving the Bank of England and the Treasury, given that the payments regulator will lie outwith both.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: Perhaps I may follow that. The overall financial services industry, or that bit of it which is regulated by the FCA, some of which has nothing to do with banking and payments systems, has to pay for this regulator. On top of that, let us remember that he who pays the piper calls the tune. All this stuff about separate careers and career paths is subsumed by the fact that the financial...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I beg the noble Lord’s pardon, but the question related to a possibility of interruption of service. Amendment 62 states: “The Treasury may by order designate a company”, and so on, to maintain the service. We then move on to the next section relating to fundamental market infrastructure, which states that the maintenance of service is the responsibility of the Bank of...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, I have a number of queries about another set of amendments that are longer than the original Bill. First, I support entirely the notion of establishing a payments regulator, but why is it being established as yet another independent regulator? Surely, covering the activities that it refers to—the nature of markets and settlement systems, which are akin to clearing and settlement...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Eatwell: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Brennan has made some powerful points. I draw the attention of the House to the fact that, as in the previous group of amendments we were discussing, these offences will apply only to institutions that accept deposits. It therefore leaves out a whole series of institutions that I believe the noble Lords, Lord Turnbull and Lord Lawson, would also feel should be...


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