The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, chaired by Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, is launching an inquiry on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).
HM Treasury and the Bank of England are exploring the potential of a possible CBDC for the UK. The Committee will take evidence on the main issues confronting HM Treasury and the Bank as they conduct this work. It will also examine how a CBDC might affect the role of the Bank, monetary policy and the financial sector.
The Committee is seeking evidence on the following questions:
(1)What are the main issues driving central banks to explore CBDCs?
(2)What are the main benefits and risks of a CBDC?
(3)Could the proposed benefits of a CBDC be achieved through improvements to existing payment systems?
(4)How should the Bank of England and HM Treasury address concerns over privacy and traceability of payments when exploring CBDC design?
(5)What effects might a CBDC have on the financial sector?
(6)What effect might a CBDC have on competition and innovation in the payments and fintech sectors?
(7) How might a CBDC affect monetary policy?
(8)How might a CBDC change the Bank of England’s role and responsibilities?
(9)How should HM Treasury and the Bank of England engage with the public on the research and development of a CBDC?
(10)How might CBDCs affect the economic foreign policies or geopolitical influence of different countries and economic areas? Are there implications for the effectiveness of economic sanctions?
This is a public call for written evidence to be submitted to the Committee.