I just received this press release from the Nationwide….
“WHO LAUNCHED THE UK’S FIRST INTERNET BANK?
Nationwide Building Society has received some enquiries from journalists who have been confused by Royal Bank of Scotland’s news release claiming to have been the first bank to provide an internet banking service. In order to avoid any confusion, Nationwide Building Society was the first UK provider to launch an internet banking service on 27 May 1997. Royal Bank of Scotland launched its online banking service in June 1997.”