Occasional Consultation Paper

Policy Statement 33/18 | Consultation Paper 24/18

Published on 20 December 2018

Responses to Chapter 2 of CP24/18 ‘Occasional Consultation Paper’ - PS33/18


This Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Policy Statement (PS) provides feedback to responses, and the final rules (Appendix 1) and Branch Return form (Appendix 2), to Chapter 2 of Consultation Paper (CP) 24/18 ‘Occasional Consultation Paper’ (Page 2 of 2). The final rules amend the Incoming Firms and Third Country Firms Part of the PRA Rulebook.

This PS is relevant to all PRA-supervised firms operating through branches in the United Kingdom which are not UK-headquartered firms (‘firms’). These firms are required by Incoming Firms and Third Country Firms 3.1 to submit the Branch Return form on a semi-annual basis.

In CP24/18 the PRA proposed to amend the Branch Return form by adding a pre populated drop-down menu in a new field on the form to denote the accounting standards used by submitting firms. The purpose of the proposed field is to facilitate interpretation of the data provided by firms. 

Responses received

The PRA received one response to the CP. The respondent suggested that the content of the drop-down menu be expanded to include more specific applications of accounting standards, for example ‘FRS 102 with IAS 39’ or ‘FRS 102 with Chapter 11 and 12’ in cases where UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is applied. The PRA has considered the response and decided not to make changes to the draft Branch Return form. The PRA considers that the proposed level of granularity was sufficient to meet its needs while not being unduly burdensome on firms. Furthermore, UK GAAP will generally not be relevant to the non-UK firms completing the branch return.


The revised rules and Branch Return form will take effect from Tuesday 1 January 2019.



Published on 22 October 2018

Occasional Consultation Paper - CP24/18


This Consultation Paper (CP) sets out proposed changes to Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Rulebook Parts, supervisory statements (SSs), statements of policy (SoPs) and forms.

This CP is relevant to all PRA-authorised firms.

The chapters contained in this CP, the Rulebook Parts, SSs, SoPs and forms they propose to change, and the appendices where the draft policy is set out, are listed in the table below.

Chapter Rulebook Part/SS/SoP/Form Appendix
2. Reporting – amendment to the Branch Return Incoming Firms and Third Country Firms Part 1
Branch Return Form 2
3. Ring fencing – imposition of financial penalties under section 142S of FSMA SoP ‘The PRA’s approach to enforcement: statutory statements of policy and procedure’ 3
4. Written reports by external auditors to the PRA Auditors Part 4
SS1/16 ‘Written reports by external auditors to the PRA’ 5
5. Depositor protection – minor updates Depositor Protection Part 6
6. Policyholder Protection Part – minor updates Policyholder Protection Part 7
7. Reporting templates for calculating risk based levies to reflect the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) transition to FINREP taxonomy SoP ‘Calculating risk-based levies for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme deposits class’ 8

The policy contained in this CP has been designed in the context of the current UK and EU regulatory framework. The PRA will keep the policy under review to assess whether any changes would be required due to changes in the UK regulatory framework, including changes arising once any new arrangements with the European Union take effect.


Pending consideration of the responses to the consultation, the proposed implementation dates for the proposals are:

  • Tuesday 1 January 2019 for Chapter 2;
  • audits related to periods ending on 31 December 2018 or later (the reports which would be due from April 2019) for Chapter 4;
  • on publication of the final policy for Chapters 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Responses and next steps

The consultation closed on Thursday 22 November 2018 for Chapter 2; and closes on Tuesday 22 January 2019 for Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The PRA invites feedback on the proposals set out in this consultation. Please address any comments or enquiries to OCP.responses@bankofengland.co.uk.

PDFConsultation Paper 24/18

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