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Financial services

UK Listing Authority Objectives

Set out below are the objectives that have been agreed between the Treasury and the UK Listing Authority for the financial year 2003-4.

General Objectives

The regulatory objectives of the Financial Services Authority in its capacity as the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) are to formulate and enforce Listing Rules that:

  1. Provide an appropriate level of protection for investors in listed securities;
  2. Facilitate access to listed markets for a broad range of enterprises;
  3. Seek to maintain the integrity and competitiveness of UK markets for listed securities.

In pursuing these objectives the UKLA will at all times have regard to the general duty set out in section 73(1) FSMA.

Specific objectives for 2003/2004

1. We will use a risk-based approach to identify, assess and mitigate risks to our objectives, so that:

2. We will involve market participants in our work to improve and develop the regulatory regime, through the Listing review and the relevant European Directives, including the Prospectus Directive, the Transparency Directive and the Market Abuse Directive. Specifically, we will:

3. We will liaise with overseas exchanges and regulators to promote international development of the markets.

4. We will implement an HR strategy aimed at achieving results through our people. We will encourage our managers to build and lead successful teams and to identify and develop talent.

Service Standards

The FSA published its first set of service standards in its Plan and Budget in January 2003, and reported on progress in the Annual Report, published in June 2003. The UKLA met its agreed operational targets of 95% for six out of seven of the targets (the exception being response targets to complaint letters where we achieved a 92.8% response rate). In five out of seven targets, we met the higher voluntary FSA target of 100%. For 2003-04, we will report against the following four service standards:

Service StandardsTarget
comments provided on the initial proof of a document submitted for pre-vetting by a new applicant within 10 working days 95%
comments provided on the initial proof of a document submitted for pre-vetting by an issuer already listed within 5 working days 95%
comments provided on subsequent proofs of documents within 5 working days 95%
complaints to receive a substantive reply within 5 working days or acknowledged within 2 days and replied to within 15 days 95%

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