UK Civil Contingencies Bill pleases banks, awaits passage

Regulatory Update

Originally the UK government requested vast powers in the event of a disaster on the scale of the attack on the World Trade Centers in September 2001, in a consultation document published in June 2003.

However, a report published in early December 2003, authored by the Bank of England Task Force on Major Operational Disruption, spearheaded by Andrew Large, concluded that such powers were not warranted (see Operational Risk, January 2004, page 16).

The Bill, as drafted, will allow the government

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