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SUP 5.6 Confidential information and privilege

Confidential information

SUP 5.6.1GRP

Within the legal constraints that apply, the FSA may pass on to a skilled person any information which it considers relevant to the skilled person's function. A skilled person, being a primary recipient under section 348 of the Act (Restrictions on disclosure of confidential information by Authority etc.), is bound by the confidentiality provisions in Part XXIII of the Act (Public record, disclosure of information and cooperation) as regards confidential information he receives from the FSA or directly from a firm or other person. A skilled person may not pass on confidential information without lawful authority, for example, where an exception applies under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Disclosure of Confidential Information) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/2188) or with the consent of the person from whom that information was received and (if different) to whom the information relates. The FSA will indicate to a skilled person if there is any matter which cannot be discussed with the person in SUP 5.2.1 G

Banking confidentiality and legal privilege

SUP 5.6.2GRP

The limitations in the following sections of the Act are relevant to this chapter:

  1. (1)

    section 175(5) (Information and documents: supplemental provisions) under which a person may be required under Part XI of the Act (Information Gathering and Investigations) to disclose information or produce a document subject to banking confidentiality (with exceptions); and

  2. (2)

    section 413 (Protected items), under which no person may be required to produce, disclose or allow the inspection of protected items.