FSA Chairman gives evidence to financial institutions inquiry

02 March 2010

Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, gives evidence to the Treasury Committee about the financial assistance given by the Government to private financial institutions. Watch live from 9.30am.

At the height of the financial crisis, Governments authorised a massive injection of public funds to rescue ailing private financial institutions in order to prevent a collapse of the financial system.

There is general agreement of the need to minimise the risk of this re-occurring both because of the cost to the public purse, and because, for many commentators, the implicit assumption that Governments will step in to support private financial institutions that are simply ‘too important to fail’ will drive excessive risk taking such as that which created the crisis.

The Committee is taking evidence on the extent to which the structure of the current financial system should be reformed, and certain activities regulated, on the grounds of systemic risk.

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