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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Constitution, regulation and financial arrangements

    1. Constitution and regulation

      1. 1. Court of directors.

      2. 2. Functions of court of directors.

      3. 3. Functions to be carried out by non-executive members.

      4. 4. Annual report by the Bank.

      5. 5. Custody and use of the seal.

    2. Financial arrangements

      1. 6. Cash ratio deposits.

      2. 7. Accounts.

      3. 8. Payments in lieu of dividends.

    3. Supplementary

      1. 9. Consequential amendments.

  3. Part II Monetary Policy

    1. Role of the Bank

      1. 10. Operational responsibility.

      2. 11. Objectives.

      3. 12. Specification of matters relevant to objectives.

    2. Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank

      1. 13. Monetary Policy Committee.

      2. 14. Publication of statements about decisions.

      3. 15. Publication of minutes of meetings.

      4. 16. Functions of court of directors.

    3. Information and reports

      1. 17. Power to obtain information.

      2. 18. Reports.

    4. Treasury’s reserve powers

      1. 19. Reserve powers.

    5. Supplementary

      1. 20. Interpretation of Part II.

  4. Part III Transfer of supervisory functions of the Bank to the Financial Services Authority

    1. Transfer of functions to the Authority

      1. 21. Transfer.

      2. 22. Supplementary provisions.

      3. 23. Consequential amendments.

    2. Authority’s position in relation to transferred functions

      1. 24. Status.

      2. 25. Liability.

      3. 26. Power to charge fees.

      4. 27. Power to channel information through agent.

    3. Consequential changes to banking bodies

      1. 28. Board of Banking Supervision.

      2. 29. Deposit Protection Board.

    4. Supplementary

      1. 30. Interpretation of Part III.

  5. Part IV Miscellaneous and general

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 31. Qualifications of a designated agency.

      2. 32. Listed institutions: exemption of transactions with Treasury.

      3. 33. Closure of National Savings Stock Register to gilts.

      4. 34. Provision of brokerage service in connection with gilt registration.

      5. 35. Section 207 of the Companies Act 1989: bearer securities.

      6. 36. Disclosure of information: minor amendments.

    2. General

      1. 37. Restriction on disclosure of information.

      2. 38. Offences in relation to supplying information to the Bank.

      3. 39. Offences by bodies corporate.

      4. 40. Orders.

      5. 41. General interpretation.

      6. 42. Transitional provisions and savings.

      7. 43. Repeals.

    3. Final provisions

      1. 44. Extent.

      2. 45. Commencement.

      3. 46. Short title.

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Court of directors

      1. Terms of office

        1. 1.(1) Appointment as Governor or Deputy Governor of the Bank...

        2. 2.Appointment as director of the Bank shall be for a...

        3. 3.A person appointed as director of the Bank in place...

        4. 4.A person appointed as Governor, Deputy Governor or director of...

      2. Qualification for appointment

        1. 5.(1) A person is disqualified for appointment as Governor, Deputy...

        2. 6.The fact that a person has held office as Governor,...

      3. Removal from office

        1. 7.(1) A person appointed as Governor or Deputy Governor of...

        2. 8.The Bank may, with the consent of the Chancellor of...

      4. Powers

        1. 9.The court may act notwithstanding the existence of one or...

        2. 10.The court may appoint such sub-committees as it thinks fit....

        3. 11.The court may delegate such duties and powers as it...

      5. Meetings

        1. 12.(1) The court shall meet at least once a month....

      6. Proceedings

        1. 13.(1) At a meeting of the court, the proceedings shall...

      7. Remuneration

        1. 14.(1) A person appointed as Governor or Deputy Governor of...

        2. 15.A director of the Bank shall be entitled to be...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Cash ratio deposits

      1. Eligible institutions

        1. 1.(1) Each deposit-taker is an eligible institution for the purposes...

      2. Liability base

        1. 2.(1) For the purposes of this Schedule, the liability base...

      3. Call notices

        1. 3.(1) The Bank may give an eligible institution notice under...

      4. Calculation of depositable amount

        1. 4.(1) In the case of any call notice, the amount...

      5. Value bands and applicable ratios

        1. 5.The Treasury may by order specify for the purposes of...

      6. Effect of call notice

        1. 6.(1) Where the Bank has given an eligible institution a...

      7. Benchmark rate of interest

        1. 7.(1) The benchmark rate of interest for the purposes of...

        2. 8.The Treasury may by order amend or replace paragraph 7....

      8. Power to obtain information

        1. 9.(1) The Bank may by notice in writing require an...

      9. Orders

        1. 10.Before making an order under this Schedule, the Treasury shall...

        2. 11.In exercising the power to make orders under paragraph 2(2)...

      10. Interpretation

        1. 12.In this Schedule— “reference period”, in relation to a call...

      11. Modifications for new entrants

        1. 13.(1) In its application to the first call notice to...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Monetary Policy Committee

      1. Terms of office of appointed members

        1. 1.Appointment as a member of the Committee under section 13(2)(b)...

        2. 2.A person appointed under section 13(2)(b) or (c) in place...

        3. 3.A person appointed under section 13(2)(b) or (c) may resign...

        4. 4.(1) A person who holds office as a member of...

      2. Qualification for appointment

        1. 5.A person is disqualified for appointment under section 13(2)(b) or...

        2. 6.The fact that a person has held office under section...

      3. Removal of appointed members

        1. 7.A person appointed under section 13(2)(b) or (c) shall vacate...

        2. 8.A person appointed under section 13(2)(b) shall vacate office if...

        3. 9.(1) The Bank may, with the consent of the Chancellor...

      4. Meetings

        1. 10.(1) The Committee shall meet at least once a month....

      5. Proceedings

        1. 11.(1) At a meeting of the Committee, the proceedings shall...

        2. 12.The Committee may, in relation to sub-paragraph (2), (3) or...

        3. 13.A representative of the Treasury may attend, and speak at,...

      6. Report to court of directors of the Bank

        1. 14.The Committee shall submit a monthly report on its activities...

      7. Parliamentary disqualification

        1. 15.In Part III of Schedule 1 to the House of...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Transfer of functions: supplementary provisions

      1. Continuity of exercise of functions

        1. 1.(1) The transfer of functions by this Part shall not...

      2. Transfer of staff

        1. 2.The transfer of functions by this Part shall be regarded...

      3. Transfer of property, rights and liabilities

        1. 3.(1) The Bank shall make a scheme under this paragraph...

        2. 4.(1) The property, rights and liabilities capable of being transferred...

        3. 5.(1) A scheme under paragraph 3 may also contain provision—...

        4. 6.(1) A scheme under paragraph 3 may make such supplemental,...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Transfer of functions: consequential amendments

      1. Part I Banking supervision

        1. Chapter I Banking Act 1987

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        2. Chapter II Banking Coordination (Second Council Directive) Regulations 1992

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        3. Chapter III Other Enactments

          1. Consumer Credit Act 1974 (c. 39)

            1. 36.In the Consumer Credit Act 1974, in section 16(3)(f), for...

          2. Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45)

            1. 37.In the Insolvency Act 1986, in section 422(1), for “Bank...

          3. Building Societies Act 1986 (c. 53)

            1. 38.(1) Section 101 of the Building Societies Act 1986 is...

          4. Financial Services Act 1986 (c. 60)

            1. 39.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

          5. Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I. 19)

            1. 40.In the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, in Article 366,...

          6. Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41)

            1. 41.(1) The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 is amended...

          7. Charities Act 1993 (c. 10)

            1. 42.In the Charities Act 1993, in section 28(8)(b)(ii), for “Bank...

          8. Building Societies Act 1997 (c. 32)

            1. 43.(1) Section 32 of the Building Societies Act 1997 is...

      2. Part II Supervision under section 43 of the Financial Services Act 1986

        1. Financial Services Act 1986 (c. 60)

          1. 44.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        2. Investment Services Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995/3275)

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      3. Part III Supervision under section 171 of the Companies Act 1989

        1. Companies Act 1989 (c. 40)

          1. 46.The Companies Act 1989 is amended as follows.

          2. 47.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

          3. 48.(1) Section 176 is amended as follows.

        2. Companies (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (S.I. 1990/1504 (N.I. 10))

          1. 49.(1) The Companies (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 is...

          2. 50.In article 93(3), for “and the Bank of England” there...

          3. 51.(1) Article 98 is amended as follows.

      4. Part IV General: disclosure of information

        1. Chapter I Banking Act 1987

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        2. Chapter II Other Enactments

          1. Consumer Credit Act 1974 (c. 39)

            1. 60.In section 174(3A) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974—

          2. Insurance Companies Act 1982 (c. 50)

            1. 61.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

          3. Companies Act 1985 (c. 6)

            1. 62.(1) Section 449 of the Companies Act 1985 is amended...

          4. Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/1032 (N.I. 6))

            1. 63.(1) Article 442 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986...

          5. Building Societies Act 1986 (c. 53)

            1. 64.(1) The Building Societies Act 1986 is amended as follows....

          6. Financial Services Act 1986 (c. 60)

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          7. Companies Act 1989 (c. 40)

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          8. Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41)

            1. 67.In section 50(2) of the Courts and Legal Services Act...

          9. Friendly Societies Act 1992 (c. 40)

            1. 68.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

          10. Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c. 48)

            1. 69.(1) The Pension Schemes Act 1993 is amended as follows....

          11. Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 (c.49)

            1. 70.(1) The Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act 1993 is amended...

          12. Pensions Act 1995 (c. 26)

            1. 71.In section 107(1) of the Pensions Act 1995, in the...

          13. Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (S.I. 1995/3213 (N.I. 22))

            1. 72.In Article 105(1) of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 1995,...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      1. Powers

        1. 1.(1) Every application for authorisation under the Banking Act 1987...

      2. Consultation

        1. 2.(1) Before making regulations under paragraph 1, the Authority shall—...

      3. Mode of exercise

        1. 3.Power to make regulations under paragraph 1 is exercisable by...

      4. Publication

        1. 4.(1) Immediately after regulations under paragraph 1 are made they...

      5. Proof of regulations

        1. 5.(1) The production of a printed copy of regulations purporting...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Restriction on disclosure of information

      1. Restricted information

        1. 1.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), information is restricted information for...

      2. Disclosure for the purposes of the Bank’s functions

        1. 2.(1) Paragraph 1 does not preclude the disclosure of information...

      3. Disclosure by the Bank to other authorities

        1. 3.(1) Paragraph 1 does not preclude the disclosure by the...

      4. Onward disclosure

        1. 4.(1) Paragraph 1 does not preclude the disclosure by any...

      5. Other permitted disclosures

        1. 5.Paragraph 1 does not preclude the disclosure of information—

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Transitional provisions and savings

      1. Bank’s immunity from suit

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      2. Disclosure of information

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      3. Pre-commencement consultation

        1. 6.If, before the day on which this Act comes into...

      4. Membership of the Deposit Protection Board

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    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Repeals and revocations

      1. Part I Repeals

      2. Part II

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