To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he will set a limit on the transition costs to Government Departments of joining the euro; 
(2) what his expenditure has been on (a) the Business Advisory Group and (b) the City Euro Group in each year since their creation; 
(3) whether the transition costs to Government departments of joining the euro will be met from (a) existing departmental budgets, (b) increased taxation and (c) increased borrowing; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the transition costs to Government departments of joining the euro. 
Details of expenditure on changeover planning were included in the third outline National Changeover Plan, published on 9 June 2003. Copies of the document are in the Library of the House.The costs of a UK changeover would depend on the approach taken, and the extent to which organisations have already considered the euro as a factor when making investment decisions. By planning ahead, costs to the whole economy can be kept to a minimum. The third outline National Changeover Plan provides all sectors of the economy with a basis for planning.