I'm holding fast on this one, it could well be window dressing.
I found a couple of 'beta' pages from the 'new' register on the Net a couple of weeks ago (no longer there) and they had a comprehensive disclaimer at the bottom. In fact it was stronger than the current one which has also been 'beefed up' in the not too distant past.
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Yes the FCA are promising to include any information of 'dodgy' firms so that consumers can see the warnings but this will have the effect of further confusion for consumers.
The 'consultation paper' placed the onus of the accuracy of the register on companies and this is the route the FCA are taking. Fine for the 1000's of legit companies who will maintain their entries correctly but there will always be a few bad apples. Without comprehensive checking of the register by the FCA themselves (and taking responsibility) there is every chance that the 'errors' will continue.