HC Deb 22 October 1979 vol 972 c74W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek to introduce amending legislation to give more adequate protection to depositors.

Mr. Lawson

The Banking Act, which received Royal Assent on 4 April 1979, sets up a statutory framework for the authorisation and supervision of deposit-taking institutions by the Bank of England. Most of the Act came into operation on 1 October 1979.

It is intended that part II, which sets up a scheme for the compensation of small depositors in the event of the failure of an authorised institution, will be brought into operation some six months after 1 October 1979.