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Bank of England’s Bailey speaks to lawmakers By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey attends the Monetary Policy Report News Conference at The Bank of England, in London, Britain November 3, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey and other top officials from the British central bank spoke to lawmakers in parliament on Wednesday, two weeks after the BoE raised interest rates by the most since 1989 to tackle inflation.

Below are quotes from Bailey and his colleagues from the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in a question-and-answer session with parliament’s Treasury Committee.

BAILEY ON SUPPLY SHOCKS:

“What we have had since then (the pandemic) is a series of supply shocks, essentially, in the UK economy, which have reduced the … supply capacity of the UK economy relative to demand.”

“There was a supply chain shock in the recovery from Covid … We are now seeing the evidence of that shock is coming off.”

BAILEY ON NOT TAKING A PAY RISE:

“I’m not going to take a pay rise. It’s not for me to decide but if I were offered one, I will not accept it and I will politely decline as I have before.”

BAILEY ON THE LABOUR MARKET:

“It is still a very tight labour market … the reason that we’ve said it is likely that we will be increasing interest rates further is that risk, not withstanding the fact that the central case has inflation coming down rapidly.”

BAILEY ON UK RISK PREMIUM:

“Let’s be honest, there was something of a UK risk premium built into the markets.”

Asked how much the UK risk premium is today, he said: “Hard to tell but I would say in the markets, most of it has come out. It’s not probably back to zero.”

MPC MEMBER CATHERINE MANN ON POLICY TIGHTENING:

“I also put a very high weight on research that has tended to find that under conditions of inflation uncertainties … that front-loaded policy tightening is more likely to achieve an outcome that is better controlling of inflation.”



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