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Strengthening financial stability and depositor protection

Strengthening financial stability and depositor protection

HM TREASURY News Release (PN 69/08) issued by The Government News Network on 1 July 2008

Proposals for strengthening the framework for financial stability and protecting depositors were published today by HM Treasury, the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England.

The proposals build on a consultation document published in January and will now be the subject of a further period of consultation, prior to the introduction of leglislation in the autumn.

They focus on five key objectives, which have received widespread support from stakeholders in the financial services industry and consumer groups, namely:

* strengthening the stability and resilience of the financial system - in the UK and internationally;-
* reducing the likelihood of individual banks facing difficulties - including regulatory interventions and liquidity assistance;-
* reducing the impact if a bank gets into difficulties;-
* providing effective compensation arrangements in which consumers have confidence; and
* strengthening the Bank of England, and ensuring effective coordinated actions by authorities, both in the UK and internationally.

Launching the consultation document, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, said:

"No system of regulation can or should prevent the failure of each and every institution, but we must do everything possible to prevent problems which could pose a wider threat to stability.

"The challenge is to ensure that the authorities can act quickly and decisively where necessary to support financial institutions. These proposals will give the authorities the full range of powers they need.

"They do so by entrenching the model established a decade ago - the FSA responsible for individual institutions, the Bank of England for the stability of the financial system as a whole - but by providing each institution with new powers, and improving coordination between them."

The Chairman of the FSA, Callum McCarthy said:
"We are working closely with the Treasury and the Bank of England to strengthen the stability and resilience of the financial system and reduce the likelihood of banks failing. This legislation is one of the most important changes of the last decade and its influence will last for decades to come.

"We will consult later this year on the supervisory aspects of the new banking resolution regime and for changes to depositor compensation and will work with our tripartite partners to implement the new arrangement effectively."

Notes for Editors
1. Financial stability and depositor protection: further consultation is published jointly by HM Treasury, the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England (the Authorities). This consultation document is available on the HM Treasury website.

2. The deadline for comments on the consultation document is 15 September 2008, during which time the Authorities will be actively seeking views and engaging with stakeholders.

3. The Government intends to follow up this consultation by introducing legislation into Parliament later in this session.

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