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European Economic Convergence

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 9 June 2003, Official Report, column 411, on economic and monetary union what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister concerning his intention to build on and extent the reforms already announced in respect of planning and supply in the housing market. [121436]

The Chancellor and the Deputy Prime Minister are in regular and frequent contact on a wide range of issues including the proposals announced in the statement of 9 June concerning planning and supply.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned into the link between the growth in house prices and consumption in countries in the eurozone. [121526]

I refer the hon. Member to the EMU study 'Housing, consumption and EMU' published alongside the assessment of the five economic tests on 9 June 2003.