The Prime Minister told Bloomberg:
As for when we get it back into the private sector, I just have two very simple concerns: one is we must make sure this bank contributes to the recovery of the UK economy; secondly, people put their money in - I want them to get their money out.
As we work with this bank as it's nursed back to even further health, the public want to know 'Am I going to get my money back?'
I think they are more interested in getting their money back than the time. Let's get it right.
He also paid tribute to the bank's outgoing chief executive Stephen Hester:
He's done an enormous amount to shrink the balance sheet and to get the bank into a more healthy position, to get it out of crisis and into recovery.