Darling warns banks of return to risk-taking

Times Online – Alistair Darling has warned that he will impose tougher regulation to avoid a repeat of the banking crisis amid fears of a return of the bonus-driven, risk-taking culture in the City.

The Chancellor told The Independent newspaper that bankers who are too complacent will be “brought back to earth” by new legislation.

An important White Paper on the banking sector, due next week, will grant new powers to the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Mr Darling said.

He promised “new tools” for the regulatory bodies to strengthen their powers, which could mean that the FSA will be able to extend its reach to hedge funds, some of the riskiest investment funds.

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