LONDON, March 12 The Bank of England is not
urgently considering raising interest rates which will probably
increase only gradually when the time comes, deputy governor
Charlie Bean was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
"Inevitably there's a lot of focus on what date the Bank
Rate will go up. That depends on how the economy unfolds," Bean
said in an interview with the Evening Gazette newspaper in
Middlesborough, northeast England.
"But one thing we want to stress is, we don't think there
should be any urgency in raising it."
Bean said when the time comes to increase borrowing costs,
rate rises are likely to be gradual and to a level that is
"materially lower than before the crisis".
Bean's comments to the newspaper echoed a speech he made on
Monday and comments by other BoE policymakers in recent weeks.