Consultation outcome

Sanctions for the directors of failed banks

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The Treasury received 26 responses from a range of stakeholders. This response document, originally published as Annex D of ‘The government’s response to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards’, summarises the main issues raised by respondents and outlines the government’s response to these. We are very grateful to those who took the time to respond to this consultation.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeking to introduce a "rebuttable presumption" that a director of a failed bank is not suitable as a senior executive in a bank.


Consultation description


The government intends to consider whether to include any necessary legislation in the Financial Services Bill. The measure could be supported by complementary reforms (which the regulators could take forward) to clarify management responsibilities and change the regulatory duties of bank directors.

The consultation also covers the possibility of introducing criminal sanctions for serious misconduct in the management of a bank. If this proposal is taken forward, the government would include the necessary legislation in another Bill during the present Parliament. 

The government welcomes views on the proposal in the consultation paper.


The government accepted a recommendation from the Joint Committee which undertook the pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Financial Services Bill to consider an issue raised in the report of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on the failure of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) – whether the balance between risk and reward for the senior executives and managers of banks needs to be adjusted to take into account the wider impacts to which failings by such individuals can give rise.