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U.K. Lawmakers Seek Greater Power Over Bank of England, FT Says

April 21, 2012

U.K. lawmakers are pressuring Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to increase the Bank of England’s accountability by imposing new supervisory controls over its next governor, the Financial Times reported.

Members of Parliament’s Treasury Committee want the central bank’s internal watchdog, called the court, to be able to review senior staff and conduct retrospective reviews of its actions, such as its handling of the financial crisis, the FT reported. The proposed controls are seen as a response to the central bank’s “sweeping” new authority over banking regulation, the FT reported.

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