MPs question Bank of England Governor

26 January 2010

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, is among the witnesses giving evidence to the Treasury Committee for its 'Too Important to Fail’ inquiry. Watch from 9.45am.


  • Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England
  • Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, Bank of England
  • Andy Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, Bank of England

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 intend to take 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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