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Application provision

1.1 Unless otherwise stated, this Part applies to:

  1. (1) a UK Solvency II firm;
  2. (2) in accordance with Insurance General Application 3, the Society; and
  3. (3) in accordance with Insurance General Application 3, managing agents.

1

Application

1.1

01/01/2016

Unless otherwise stated, this Part applies to:

  1. (1) a UK Solvency II firm;
  2. (2) in accordance with Insurance General Application 3, the Society; and
  3. (3) in accordance with Insurance General Application 3, managing agents.

2

Long-Term and General Insurance Activities to Be Separately Managed

2.1

01/01/2016

This Chapter:

  1. (1) applies to a composite firm other than a pure reinsurer; and
  2. (2) does not apply to a managing agent which manages one or more syndicates, all of which carry on reinsurance exclusively.

2.2

01/01/2016

A composite firm must separately manage the activities relating to its general insurance business and the activities relating to its long-term insurance business in such a way that:

  1. (1) its long-term insurance business and its general insurance business are distinct from one another;
  2. (2) the interests of policyholders of contracts of long-term insurance are not prejudiced by activities relating to the firm’s general insurance business and the interests of policyholders of contracts of general insurance are not prejudiced by activities relating to the firm’s long-term insurance business; and
  3. (3) profits from the activities relating to the composite firm’s long-term insurance business benefit policyholders of contracts of long-term insurance as if the composite firm was engaged only in long-term insurance business.

 

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(1) of the Solvency II Directive]

3

Minimum Financial Obligations: General Provisions

3.1

01/01/2016

This Chapter:

  1. (1) applies to a composite firm, other than a pure reinsurer; and
  2. (2) does not apply to a managing agent which manages one or more syndicates, all of which carry on reinsurance exclusively.

3.2

01/01/2016

A composite firm must maintain separate accounts for each of its long-term insurance business and its general insurance business to show the sources of the results for each activity separately.

3.3

01/01/2016

For the purposes of 3.2, the firm must:

  1. (1) break down, according to origin, all income (including premiums, recoverables from reinsurance contracts and investment income) and all expenditure (including insurance settlements, additions to technical provisions, reinsurance premiums and operating expenses) in respect of its general insurance business and its long-term insurance business, respectively; and
  2. (2) if items are shared between the firm’s long-term insurance business and its general insurance business, apportion those items appropriately between the two activities and enter them into the accounts on the basis of that apportionment.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(6) of the Solvency II Directive]

3.4

01/01/2016

The firm must record the methods on the basis of which the apportionment referred to in 3.3(2) has been made and be able to demonstrate to the PRA the appropriateness of those methods of apportionment.

4

Minimum Financial Obligations: Calculation of Notional Minimum Capital Requirement

4.1

01/01/2016

This Chapter:

  1. (1) applies to a composite firm, other than a pure reinsurer; and
  2. (2) does not apply to managing agents.

4.2

01/01/2016

Without prejudice to the SCR Rules and the Minimum Capital Requirement Part of the PRA Handbook, the firm must calculate a notional minimum capital requirement on the basis of the accounts referred to in 3.2:

  1. (1) with respect to its long-term insurance business, calculated as if the firm carried on long-term insurance business only; and
  2. (2) with respect to its general insurance business, calculated as if the firm carried on general insurance business only.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(2) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.3

01/01/2016

The firm must cover:

  1. (1) its notional life MCR with eligible own funds attributable to its long-term insurance business, as identified on the basis of the accounts referred to in 3.2; and
  2. (2) its notional non-life MCR with eligible own funds attributable to its general insurance business, as identified on the basis of the accounts referred to in 3.2.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(3) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.4

01/01/2016

For the purposes of 4.3, the firm must not cover:

  1. (1) its notional life MCR with eligible own funds attributable to its general insurance business; and
  2. (2) its notional non-life MCR with eligible own funds attributable to its long-term insurance business.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(3) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.5

01/01/2016

The firm must prepare a statement on the basis of the accounts referred to in 3.2 identifying the eligible own funds covering the notional life MCR and the notional non-life MCR, respectively.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(6) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.6

01/01/2016

Provided the firm satisfies the requirements in 4.3 and 4.4, and subject to the requirement in 4.7, a firm may use:

  1. (1) eligible own funds attributable to its general insurance business that are in excess of its notional non-life MCR; and
  2. (2) eligible own funds attributable to its long-term insurance business that are in excess of its notional life MCR;

to cover part or all of the difference between the firm’s SCR and the sum of its notional non-life MCR and notional life MCR.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(4) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.7

01/01/2016

For the purposes of 4.6, a firm must notify the PRA before using:

  1. (1) eligible own funds referred to in 4.6(1) to cover the portion of the difference referred to in 4.6 that relates to the difference between the notional life SCR and the notional life MCR; or
  2. (2) eligible own funds referred to in 4.6(2) to cover the portion of the difference referred to in 4.6 that relates to the difference between the notional non-life SCR and the notional non-life MCR.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(4) of the Solvency II Directive]

4.8

01/01/2016

If a composite firm is in breach of either 4.3(1) or 4.3(2), Undertakings In Difficulty 4.1 applies to the activity in respect of which the breach has occurred, as if the words “MCR” in Undertakings In Difficulty 4.1 were substituted with the words “notional life MCR” or “notional non-life MCR”, as applicable, regardless of whether any breach has occurred in respect of the other activity.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 74(7) of the Solvency II Directive]

5

Links Between General Insurers and Long-Term Insurers

5.1

01/01/2016

If a general insurer and a long-term insurer have financial, commercial or administrative links with each other, each of those firms must ensure that its accounts are not distorted by an agreement between them or by any arrangement which could affect the apportionment of expenses and income.

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 73(4) of the Solvency II Directive]

6

Lloyds

6.1

01/01/2016

This Chapter applies to managing agents.

6.2

01/01/2016

A managing agent must not permit both general insurance business and long-term insurance business to be carried on together through any syndicate managed by it, except where:

  1. (1) the long-term insurance business to be carried on by that syndicate is or is to be restricted to reinsurance; or
  2. (2) the general insurance business to be carried on by that syndicate is or is to be restricted to effect contracts of insurance or carry out contracts of insurance in general insurance business class 1 (accident) or class 2 (sickness).

Additional Notes


[Note: Art. 73(2) of the Solvency II Directive]