Question 2: Do you agree that the Bank's proposal to release the policy decision, MPC minutes and (once a quarter) the Inflation Report all at the same time justifies a change in the structure of MPC meetings from two consecutive days to a process in which in the MPC meetings are spread out over seven days?
This proposal cannot be seen as distinct from the decision to reduce the number of meetings from 12 to 8 per annum. It has never been clear to me why one needs, in normal circumstances, to have a high-frequency instrument to affect an outcome 18 months to two years ahead. I therefore agree with the proposal as part of the overall package. However, I would also urge caution if the new, more extended, structure of meetings might have an adverse impact on recruitment to the MPC.
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