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Hoban: Insurance regulation will not take back seat

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Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban has pledged that the regulation of insurers will not play second fiddle to that of banks in the new regulatory set up.

With the abolition of the Financial Services Authority in 2013, micro-prudential supervision of insurers and banks will be the role of the Prudential Regulation Authority. The PRA was only given a specific insurance objective “to provide an appropriate degree of protection for those who are or may become policy holders”  after lobbying from the Association of British Insurers.

In a speech to the Insurance Institute in London today, Hoban said the Government recognises the differences between insurers and banks.

He said: “Insurance regulation will not take a back seat to deposit-taker regulation.”

In November, the ABI called for the PRA’s proposed protection of future policyholders to be scrapped saying it would be a more appropriate objective for the future market regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.

Hoban also welcomed developments in risk modelling technology which enable better risk pricing and customer differentiation, but warned it could end up pricing some out of the market.

He said: “It could cause more segmentation in the market, reduce the tolerance for risk sharing, and potentially cause a shift with some consumers being priced out of the market altogether, leaving them completely uninsured.”

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Happy New Year Mark Holborn. Now please clear off and stop annoying us.

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  • What a relief! Our Government knows the difference between banks and insurance companies. Do they however know the difference between stupid statements and informed opinions? I think not.

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  • The FSA's Poodle will need to find a new owner after 2013?

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  • More proof that somewhere a village is missing its idiot

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  • Yes Minister.

    I've just read again the words of this person. Is he really on this planet? and if he is, could he talk in English as I can't make head or tail of it.

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  • Hot air, waffle and bluster. Whoever writes this garbage for him?

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  • A Lakey | 10 Jan 2012 3:36 pm

    More proof that somewhere a village is missing its idiot.

    Thanks Alan you really cheered me up with that one liner, bril!

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