The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee was split 6-3 on more bond purchases earlier this month, unexpectedly reviving the prospect that the central bank might restart its quantitative easing programme.
Bank of England governor Mervyn King, executive director for markets Paul Fisher and external MPC member David Miles all voted for an increase in the central bank's bond purchases to 400 billion pounds from 375 billion pounds.
The last time there was a similar 6-3 split on the MPC was in June 2012, and the following month a majority of the MPC backed a 50 billion pound increase in asset purchases.
In recent months, only Miles had supported more bond purchases.
By a small margin, economists polled by Reuters had not expected the central bank to restart its asset purchase programme, due to persistent inflation and its hope that other stimulus like the Funding for Lending Scheme will prove sufficient.
Last weeks' inflation report had reinforced this view, as the central bank had forecast that inflation - currently at 2.7 percent - would not fall below its 2 percent target until early 2016, 18 months later than it predicted in November.
In a news conference to present the forecasts, Governor Mervyn King did not rule out more bond purchases but said the benefit they could provide to the economy was getting smaller.
King predicted a slow recovery over the next three years after two years of stagnation due to a mix of euro zone turmoil, government austerity and high inflation hurting on consumer spending.
At the meeting, the nine-member Monetary Policy Committee also voted unanimously to keep rates at the record low 0.5 percent where they have been since March 2009, and to reinvest the 6.6 billion pounds of a 4.5 percent 2013 gilt that will mature in March.
(Reporting by David Milliken and Costas Pitas)