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Headline p21 of todays 29/11 Daily Mail. "Is Branson getting the Rock for free? Virgin can raid state bank's cash to fund deal"
Apparently banks have to have a buffer fund, which seems to be at "10% of their loan book". Northern Rock had a fund of 30% and Virgin is pledging to keep that at 15%, 5% more than that stipulated by the FSA (Financial Services Authority)
But it seems that £250 million could be released with a further "£345 m if the ratio was cut even further"