Rahul Sharma

Financial Services Act 1986

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Citation  1986 c.60
Repealed  1 December 2001
Royal assent  7 November 1986
Financial Services Act 1986
Territorial extent  England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Repealed by  The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments and Repeals) Order 2001

The Financial Services Act 1986 (1986 c.60) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed by the government of Margaret Thatcher to regulate the financial services industry. The Act used a mixture of governmental regulation and self-regulation, and created a Securities and Investments Board (SIB) presiding over various new self-regulating organisations (SROs). It was superseded by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

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Context

The Act may be thought of as an “emasculated Gower”. Professor Laurence Gower had been asked to produce a report on financial regulation, followed by a draft bill. He tended towards a tighter and more top-heavy regime. The Thatcher government became impatient with this process and pushed a second bill through in place of Gower with more emphasis on self-regulation but containing most of the regulatory content of the Gower bill.

This relatively light approach to regulation followed a trend taking place in America under the Reagan administration.

Derivative products

Section 63 of the Act abolished any oversight of the courts on derivative contracts, which might otherwise have been considered speculative and thus contrary to the Gaming Act 1845. This exemption was not changed in the new Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Repeal

The Act was repealed on 1 December 2001 by The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments and Repeals) Order 2001 and was superseded by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Under this, the SIB and SROs were merged to form the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and self-regulation took a back seat.

References

Financial Services Act 1986 Wikipedia


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