Tag Archives: Treasury Committee

Treasury Committee starts access inquiry

The Treasury Committee in the Commons has launched a new inquiry into consumers’ access to financial services, with a focus on vulnerable customers.  Nicky Morgan said the committee will look at FCA’s definition of vulnerability and how practical it is, as well as how financial institutions try to address the problems of financial exclusion and whether vulnerable […]

Treasury Committee calls for SME lending to be brought within the regulatory perimeter

The Treasury Committee has published the Twenty-Fourth Report of Session 2017-2019 on SME Finance. The Committee highlighted the investigation into RBS’ Global Restructuring Group (GRG), and noted the FCA’s comment that the failures at the GRG might have triggered disciplinary action, had they occurred in a regulated business. The Committee commented that the justification for […]

Commons calls for crypto-asset regulation

The Treasury Committee has published a report, in which it describes its unanimous support for regulation for the “Wild West” crypto-currency market. The report outlines all the problems and dangers the market presents and calls for proportionate regulation, which could improve customer outcomes, reduce some of the risks and see the UK become well placed […]

Treasury Committee asks PRA to work with insurance industry in relation to areas covered by Solvency II

In a letter to the Chief Executive of the PRA regarding Solvency II, the House of Commons Treasury Committee has asked the PRA to consider challenges raised by industry in a number of areas, including to the current risk model change process and reporting requirements. Furthermore, in the light of Brexit and while acknowledging it […]

Treasury Committee calls for abolition of “alpha male” culture in finance

The Treasury Committee has published its report following its Women in Finance inquiry, which sought to identify the barriers to women entering and progressing in the financial services industry.  It also examined the value to financial firms of having greater gender balance across all job grades and functions. The average gender pay gap in UK […]

Treasury Committee engages with FCA over TSB IT migration

Nicky Morgan and Andrew Bailey have exchanged letters of the problems customers faced following TSB’s IT migration. The Treasury Committee had asked about the work FCA had done in advance of the planned migration, its assessment of the problems and its views on TSB’s evidence to the Committee and its communications with customers as well […]

Treasury Committee starts economic crime inquiry

The Treasury Committee has announced a new inquiry into economic crime.  One part of the inquiry will look at the AML and sanctions regimes in the UK and how firms, individuals and the wider economy are impacted by them and the UK legislative and regulatory framework around them.  The other will look at the economic […]

Treasury Committee asks FOS for answers

The Treasury Committee has written to Caroline Wayman, Chief Executive of FOS, following an episode of “Dispatches” that suggested FOS was staffing cases with individuals with inadequate training or understanding of financial products, and claimed some cases had been decided in favour of banks without a proper reading of the files. Nicky Morgan’s letter asks […]

Treasury Committee welcomes Co-op review

Nicky Morgan has welcomed the “long overdue” review into the Co-op Bank. She had written to Andrew Bailey in February to ask why the review, announced by George Osborne in November 2013, had not yet started. The response from FCA confirmed that the review had to wait until enforcement action had concluded and noting the […]

Treasury Committee concerned at GRG “rebrand”

The Treasury Committee is concerned at evidence RBS has provided to it that indicates that 75% of current RBS restructuring employees previously worked in the GRG. Nicky Morgan said that although Ross McEwen, RBS Chief Executive, had assured the Committee that the culture in the current Restructuring group is fundamentally different to that of the […]

SME finance inquiry launched by Treasury Committee

The Treasury Committee has opened an inquiry into small and medium sized enterprise finance, addressing lessons learned from RBS’ Global Restructuring Group, and the state of the market for SME finance. The inquiry seeks to consider: The extent of competition in the SME finance market; The sources of funding available to SMEs, including crowdfunding and […]

Treasury Committee publishes RBS report

The Treasury Committee has published the final, unredacted skilled persons’ report into the RBS treatment of SME customers in its Global Restructuring Group. It had given FCA until 16 February to publish this, but FCA did not do so and therefore the Treasury Committee has now done it.

FCA explains perimeter to Treasury Committee

Andrew Bailey has written to the Treasury Select Committee setting out a summary of the powers “FCA does not have”. It has been asked many questions in the context of the RBS GRG investigation. The letter sets out: FCA’s basic remit over regulated activities and its role as the UKLA as well as its powers […]

Treasury committee calls for urgent agreement on Brexit transition

The Treasury Committee has published a report which supports a time-limited “standstill” transition arrangement after the Brexit Article 50 negotiations are finished. It thinks it should be simple to negotiate these, to provide certainty as soon as possible and maximise the time available for longer-term discussions. The report also notes that, for the financial services […]

Treasury Committee seeks LINK assurance

Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury Committee, has written to the Chairman of LINK seeking assurances on the continuity of provision of cash machines. There is a proposal to reduce the fee card issuers pay to ATM operators from 25p to 20p per withdrawal and the Committee is concerned this could make some machines not economically […]

Treasury Committee inquiry into household finances

On 8 November, the Treasury Committee announced the launch of a new inquiry that will examine problematic indebtedness, inter-generational issues, lifetime financial planning and the effectiveness of the market in financing solutions and products to low income households. The Chair of the Treasury Committee, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan, indicated that the scope will include: what […]

Treasury Committee report on Solvency 2

Following receipt of evidence from a range of stakeholders, the Treasury Committee has published its report on Solvency 2 and its impact on the UK insurance industry. The report covers a range of areas including the background to Solvency 2 and the way it has been implemented in the UK, concerns over Risk Margin, proportionality and […]

Treasury launches inquiry into UK’s economic relationship with the EU

The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, which amongst other things will consider: Transitional arrangements; Preparedness for ‘no deal’; and The long-term economic relationship. The inquiry is now open, and is accepting written submissions. The first evidence session (to be held 25 October) will focus on the progress […]

FCA agrees to scrutiny of RBS report

Following the controversy of FCA’s refusal to publish the skilled persons’ report into the treatment of customers in the RBS Global Restructuring Group and its correspondence with the Treasury Committee on the issue, Andrew Bailey has now agreed to the Treasury Committee’s proposal to scrutinise the report. Under the proposal, the Treasury Committee will appoint a […]

Chancellor’s repsonse to Treasury Committee’s letter on the effect of Brexit on insurance contracts

The Government has published a response to the Treasury Committee letter on Brexit and insurance contracts. The letter acknowledges the risk that the UK’s withdrawal could create legal uncertainties as to the status of existing cross-border insurance. The Government has been working with the insurance industry and others in the financial services sector to understand […]

Treasury Committee letter to Chancellor on effect of Brexit on insurance contracts

The Treasury Committee has published a letter written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer highlighting the problem with insurance contracts sold under passporting arrangements with a duration beyond 29 March 2019. The Chair of the Treasury Committee explains that without further action, insurers will lose the right to service these contracts and there may be insufficient time to […]

FCA responds on leaked RBS report

FCA has responded to Nicky Morgan’s letter about the leaking of a s166 report on RBS’ treatment of customers in its global restructuring group. Andrew Bailey has reiterated that FCA does not think it is in the public interest to publish the full report, and that it plans to publish a detailed summary. Nicky Morgan […]

Treasury Committee and PRA exchange Brexit letters

Nicky Morgan, new Chair of the Treasury Committee, and Sam Woods of PRA have exchanged letters on Brexit planning. The PRA response explained PRA’s work in assessing the scenarios that might have the biggest impact on its objectives – such as a hard Brexit with no ongoing cross-border market access. PRA has received over 400 […]

Treasury Committee concerned about cyber strategy accountability

Andrew Tyrie  (Chairman of the Treasury Committee) and Philip Hammond have been exchanging correspondence about cyber security in the financial services sector. Mr Hammond also chairs the National Security Council Subcommittee on Cyber (NSC Cyber) said that protecting against cyber attacks is top priority for the government. He noted the launch of the National Cyber […]