On July 21, 2015, the UK Government launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the governance and regulatory architecture in line with the announcement made alongside the Queen’s speech in May about a new Bank of England Bill. The proposals include ending the subsidiary status of the Prudential Regulation Authority by bringing it within the BoE and calling it the Prudential Regulation Committee. The PRA’s functions would transfer to the BoE and the PRC would have the responsibility for exercising them, retaining the independence of the PRA to make rules, policies and supervisory decisions. The new PRC would be set up on the same basis as the Monetary Policy Committee of the BoE. Other proposals include: (i) formalizing the working relationship established between HM Treasury and the BoE for coordination in a financial crisis and the development of resolution strategies for banks and large investment firms; (ii) adjusting the statutory status of the Financial Policy Committee from a sub-Committee of the Court of Directors of the BoE to a Committee of the BoE in line with the MPC; (iii) transferring responsibility for setting the BoE’s financial stability strategy from the Court of the BoE to the FPC; and (iv) decreasing the size of the Court and including the new Deputy Governor position for Markets and Banking. The consultation is open until September 11, 2015.

The consultation paper is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/447140/bank_of_england_bill_v3.pdf