Financial Services

Treasury written question – answered on 6th August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment, if any, they have made of the case for specifying a higher liquidity test for UK-managed Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities than is required by EU Directive 2009/65/EC; and what discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority about that test.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Following the suspension of the Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF), HM Treasury has discussed the liquidity rules for UK UCITS funds with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is responsible for the ongoing supervision and regulation of the UK’s financial services sector, including investment funds.

The FCA have launched an investigation into the events leading up to the suspension of the WEIF. The investigation will determine the facts of the case, including whether any rules have been broken, and inform any future decision on whether rule changes are required.

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