Treasury Committee invites Questions from the Public

Treasury Committee
House of Commons, Committee Office 7 Millbank London SW1P 3JA
Tel 020 7219 5769 Fax 020 7219 2069 Email treascom at Website
14 October 2008: For Immediate Release


Following the unprecedented financial intervention announced by the Chancellor over recent days, the Treasury Committee today announces it will undertake an urgent inquiry into the banking crisis.
John McFall, Chairman of the Committee said:

“This inquiry will take a fundamental look at the causes of the present banking crisis, the current responsibilities of the banks and the Government to the taxpayer, and the future shape of the financial and regulatory landscape.”

Given the public concern about the stability of the UK banking system and commitment of such a large sum inherent in the Chancellor’s proposals, the Committee is asking members of the public to send in questions they would like to see put to the following witnesses, who the Committee has invited to appear as soon as possible.

The Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England
Lord Adair Turner, Chairman, Financial Services Authority

Questions should be emailed to the following address:
bankingcrisis at
The date of the hearing will be announced in due course.

John McFall, Chairman of the Committee said:
“Taxpayers are naturally very concerned about the scale of this investment. The Committee hopes that by providing people with the chance to have us put their questions to those in charge, we can provide a constructive way of engaging the public on a matter of such deep concern to the whole country.”

Questions can be submitted up to 48 hours before the hearing, which will be announced at a later date. The Committee regrets it cannot accept any other form of submission apart from email to the following address: bankingcrisis at

Submissions should take the form of questions rather than statements and should be no longer than 100 words. If you wish to remain anonymous, please state clearly at the beginning of the email.
The Committee regrets that not all questions submitted can be guaranteed to be asked.

Full written submissions of evidence for the inquiry will be solicited at a later date.

Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon John McFall (Chairman), Nick Ainger, Mr Graham Brady, Mr Colin Breed, Jim Cousins, Mr Philip Dunne, Mr Michael Fallon (Sub-Committee Chairman), Ms Sally Keeble, Mr Andrew Love, Mr George Mudie, Mr Siôn Simon, John Thurso, Mr Mark Todd, Sir Peter Viggers.
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