Blockchain technology explored by Committee

19 July 2016

The Economic Affairs Committee takes evidence from the Bank of England, Imperial College London, Z/Yen Group Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Digital Asset and 11:FS for its one-off inquiry into distributed ledger or blockchain technology.


Tuesday 19 July in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.05pm

  • Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor, Monetary Policy, Bank of England

At 3.45pm

  • Professor Michael Mainelli, Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce, Gresham College
  • Dr Catherine Mulligan, Associate Director, Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research, Imperial College London
  • Lord Spens, Transformation and Assurance Director, PricewaterhouseCooper

At 4.30pm

  • Mr Simon Taylor, Co-Founder / Director of Blockchain, 11:FS
  • Ms Blythe Masters, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Asset Holdings, LLC


The Committee will explore a range of issues relating to the use of distributed ledger technology, including:

  • How can the Government make use of blockchain? Could it be used to collect taxes or pay benefits?
  • What happens if the technology goes wrong?
  • How should blockchain be regulated?
  • Could blockchain be used to create a central bank digital currency?

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