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Asked by Lord Tyrie
Asked on: 03 February 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: Regulation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the interests of (1) consumers, and (2) competition, inform the Brexit red tape challenge.
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Answered on: 10 February 2020

The Conservative Manifesto stated that “Through our Red Tape Challenge, we will ensure that regulation is sensible and proportionate, and that we always consider the needs of small businesses when devising new rules, using our new freedom after Brexit to ensure that British rules work for British companies.” We shall announce further details of the Challenge in due course.

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Asked by Lord Tyrie
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Pensions: Consumer Information
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make pension dashboards interoperable with Open Banking, including the processes for customer authentication.
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Answered by: Baroness Stedman-Scott
Answered on: 06 February 2020

The Government recognises the achievements made by Open Banking and the potential for the Industry Delivery Group, as a part of the Money and Pensions Service to learn from their experience to inform the development of pensions dashboards. At the same time, we recognise that Open Banking aims to improve consumer outcomes in an environment where consumers already know what they have and who they bank with, which enables consumers to authenticate themselves directly with their bank provider.

The Department for Work and Pensions response to its consultation on pensions dashboards highlighted where there were potential opportunities to align with Open Banking for example, on some aspects of the data standards and the governance register. The Department for Work and Pensions is working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which is currently leading a smart data review that is looking at ways to promote interoperability across financial services and other sectors. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s proposals, following on from its consultation paper from June 2019, will be published in due course.

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