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Treasury written question – answered on 27th May 2021.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of a £100 operational contactless card limit on (a) retail industry losses and (b) violence and abuse against retail staff.

Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the level of consumer and retail industry support for an increase of the operational contactless card limit to £100 on 15 October 2021.

Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from industry on increasing the contactless card limit in 2021; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Glen John Glen Minister of State (Treasury) (City), The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The legal contactless payment limits are set by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) through regulator rules, specifically the Strong Customer Authentication technical standards. Following a public consultation and with Treasury approval, as required by the Payment Services Regulations, the FCA increased the legal single contactless payment limit to £100 on 3 March 2021.

Any changes to operational contactless limits up to the new legal limits are at the discretion of payment service providers; the Government understands that industry is preparing to implement new higher operational contactless limits before the end of the year and welcomes payment service providers and retailers working together to that end.

Other jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada and the US, have all recently increased their contactless limits to over £100 in their equivalent currencies and I understand the changes in those countries have been positive as consumers and businesses realise the benefits from these new limits.

Ministers routinely meet with and receive representations from a range of private sector stakeholders. Transparency releases are published on a quarterly basis and are publicly available on GOV.UK.

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