Charles Walker secures support from the Chancellor for new clause in the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill

Charles Walker secures support from the Chancellor for new clause to the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill to tackle disproportionate interpretation of money laundering regulations by banks.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con)

I thank the Chancellor and the Economic Secretary for their good humour in their dealings with me over the past few days. This afternoon I will be moving new clause 9 to the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill. Are the Government now minded to accept new clause 9?

Mr Osborne

It is quite right that we take action against money laundering. That cannot only be done in this country—it needs to be done internationally. We should focus our effort, our resources and the force of the law where the risks are greatest. Like other Members of Parliament, I have been concerned that banks are at risk of going too far and being disproportionate when applying their rules to politically exposed persons in Britain, and their families in particular. I have written to the chief executives of the individual banks. My hon. Friend has worked with us on this issue and has tabled his new clause. We are happy to accept it because we are all trying to achieve the same goal.

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