A digital pound should not be available in large sums initially to avoid the risk of bank runs, UK lawmakers said in a report on Saturday that also highlighted the need to safeguard cash and user privacy. The Bank of England and finance ministry have said an electronic form of the pound is likely in the second half of the decade, as 130 countries consider similar moves to keep abreast of technological advances in payments. But lawmakers on the Treasury Select Committee said in their report that while a digital pound might bring benefits in terms of boosting innovation, the BoE and Treasury should keep an open mind on whether it is actually needed, given the costs involved. “It must be clearly evidenced that a retail digital pound will provide benefits to the UK economy without increasing risks or leading to unmanageable costs before any decision is taken to introduce it into our financial system,” committee chair Harriett Baldwin said. People and businesses could use a digital pound to make payments, with the BoE suggesting a limit of up to 20,000 pounds for digital wallets provided by banks, far higher than the 3,000 euros discussed by the European Central Bank for a digital euro.