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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when she received the Treasury documents relating to the five economic tests and the 18 background studies; what discussions she has held with ministerial colleagues on the tests since receipt of the documents; when she expects to complete her analysis of the documents; and what representations (a) she and (b) departmental officials will make to other Departments before a decision is reached on the economic tests. [115382]

The Treasury's 18 supporting studies on EMU were sent to Cabinet Ministers on 16 May 2003. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have held meetings with Cabinet Members. There was an initial discussion at Cabinet on 22 May 2003, which will be followed by a special Cabinet meeting on 5 June 2003. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor will make a statement to the House of Commons on 9 June 2003.