Negotiating Bank of England’s nationalisation

1 March 2021 marks 75 years of natioanlisation of BoE.

Austen Saunders writes a post in Bankunderground blog:

1 March 2021 was the 75th anniversary of the Bank of England’s nationalisation. While its stock formerly passed into public ownership in 1946, Lord Catto (the Governor) and Hugh Dalton (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) had negotiated the terms of the Bank’s nationalisation the summer before. During these negotiations Catto lobbied for the Bank not to be given more powers to regulate banks. Why? The answer hinges on how the Bank understood its role. And it helps explain why, as David Kynaston sees it, the Bank and the government ‘missed a historic opportunity’ to comprehensively redefine the Bank’s responsibilities.

This was different from RBI’s nationalisation in Jan-1949 followed by Bank Regulation Act in Mar-1949.

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