LONDON Feb 19 No member of the Bank of
England's Monetary Policy Committee is pushing for an imminent
increase in interest rates, policymaker Paul Fisher said in a
BBC radio interview on Wednesday.
"There has been no push for that on the committee at all,"
Fisher said when asked if any member was urging others to
consider a rate rise.
"We're very open and transparent about dissent on the
committee and if there was any indication that people wanted to
put rates up, you would see that both in the minutes and in
public comments," he added.
Minutes of the MPC's Feb. 5-6 meeting released earlier on
Wednesday showed a unanimous vote in favour of keeping rates at
the record low 0.5 percent where they have been since 2009.
But some economists expressed surprise that there was not
more detail on policymakers' views about how much slack there is
in Britain's economy, and the BoE's new guidance strategy.