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Banking proposals deemed “not tough enough”

Banking proposals deemed “not tough enough”

Category: Banking

Updated: 21/12/2012
First Published: 21/12/2012

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MPs have blasted proposals to reform the banking industry, claiming they fall short of expectations.

The review of the banking sector, set up in light of the financial crisis which saw a number of banks being bailed out by the UK taxpayer, has been welcomed by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking.

Members of the commission are concerned, however, that more must be done regarding the protection, or "ring-fencing", of customer deposits in the event of a bank collapsing and refusing to comply with the new rules.

The commission is expected to tell the Chancellor George Osborne to hand power to the Bank of England to break up banks that fail to comply with regulation.

Chairman of the commission, Andrew Tyrie, claimed that such power would provide an "electrical fence" around savers' deposits.

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