Financial markets and economists have been steadily pushing back the date when they expect the BoE to start to raise rates since signs emerged that a slowdown in China and other emerging markets in the summer was hurting advanced economies.
Economists in a Reuters poll last week deferred their average expectation for a rate rise to the second half of 2016, and financial markets do not price a move in until next year.
Earlier on Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its estimate for global growth this year and its chief economist said he expected the BoE to wait for faster wage growth before raising rates.
Only one of the BoE's nine policymakers, Ian McCafferty voted for a rate rise this month, and on Monday evening Gertjan Vlieghe, the Monetary Policy Committee's newest member, said he could conceivably vote to cut rates if bad news piled up.
Carney said he expected solid private domestic demand growth to continue, but said that there were further downside risks from China and other emerging economies, including a risk of contagion from financial market upsets.
British wage growth has also been weaker than he expected -- and below the 3 percent level Carney had previously identified as propitious for a rate hike.
On Tuesday he said this suggested there may be more slack in the jobs market than thought, and that the level of unemployment which would trigger higher inflation could be lower than the BoE's current 5 percent estimate.
The BoE would also need to be vigilant for signs that low headline inflation was getting entrenched through less generous wage deals.
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