Treasury Committee press notice no.64

Session 2005-06, 7 November 2006

Treasury Committee announces new inquiry into the scope of FSA insurance regulation

The Treasury Committee has decided to undertake a short inquiry into the scope of Financial Services Authority insurance regulation following the implementation of the Insurance Mediation Directive (2002/92/EC) in January 2005.

The Committee seeks submissions of written evidence focussing on the following:

»The current extent of regulation of the insurance market;

»The need for, and potential effects of, extending regulation to the bundled travel insurance and extended warranty markets;

»The form any proposed future regulation might take, including models for non-statutory regulation.

Written evidence should reach the Committee by 3.00 pm on 15 November 2006 addressing any or all of the three areas identified above. Evidence will also be accepted on other issues relevant to the scope of insurance regulation.

An oral evidence session is scheduled for 23 November 2006. The Committee expects to hear oral evidence, from, among others Ed Balls MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Details of other witnesses giving evidence on this date and confirmation of timings will be announced in due course. The Committee expects to publish a short report of its findings.

Further information for those submitting written evidence is given in the notes below.

1. Notes for submitters: Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline is 3.00 pm on Wednesday 15 November 2006. Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should not exceed 3,000 words in length. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long. Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases. Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. For further information on evidence to select committees, see the guide for witnesses available at: