The Prime Minister's spokesman has said that Co-operative Group's decision not to buy more than 600 branches from Lloyds was a matter for the two companies.
But on the wider point of banking reform, he told me:
I think that there are reforms in thefinancial arena that have made the UK financial sector safer and stronger and anumber of measures are benefitting consumers including through choice.
The Co-op reportedly cited regulatory requirements as one of the reasons for the collapse of the deal.
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