Some of the most influential figures in the banking industry have been confirmed as witnesses for the Future of Banking Commission, Which? can reveal.
Mervyn King to attend
These include Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King; City Minister, Lord Myners; and chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner.
The Future of Banking Commission is inviting representatives from academia, journalism, business and the banking industry to give evidence at three sessions to be held in central London on Tuesday 9 February, Thursday 25 February and Thursday 18 March.
There will be space for members of the press, public and other interested parties to attend the events, which will be held at the Riverbank Park Plaza, Westminster, and Royal Society of Arts.
General public’s views at centre stage
Unlike previous enquiries into the financial crisis, the Future of Banking Commission will also hear evidence from the public, which is being gathered from across the UK and will feed into the Which? Big Banking Debate Live in London this Thursday 4 February before being presented to the Commission.
Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, says: “We’re delighted that some of the key players in the banking world recognise the importance of this Commission. It will put at centre stage the views of the general public on how to re-structure the banking industry so that it meets the needs of all of us.”
Rt Hon David Davis MP, chairman of the Future of Banking Commission, says: ‘The aim of the Commission is to determine what sort of banking system Britain needs as we emerge from the crisis.
‘We will take evidence from industry, regulators, and consumers to establish the most constructive reforms in the interests of savers, borrowers, and the economy as a whole. The Commission will propose a model for the financial architecture that can deliver a high level of service without putting the well-being of the taxpayer at risk.’
Be part of the Which? Big banking Debate
Anyone who wants to attend the Which? Big Banking Debate Live on Thursday 4th February should contact Which? to register their interest.