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Economic and Monetary Union

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which dates the (a) Chief Secretary to the Treasury, (b) Financial Secretary to the Treasury, (c) Minister of State at the Treasury, (d) Economic Secretary to the Treasury, (e) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and (f) the Financial Services Secretary (A) last met the President of the European Commission and (B) spoke to the President of the European Commission; and whether the UK’s prospective membership of the Euro was discussed on each occasion; (242304)

(2) when Treasury officials last discussed Britain’s prospective membership of the Euro with the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.

Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Government’s policy on membership of the single currency is unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor’s statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the United Kingdom to meet the Maastricht criteria for membership of the Euro in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011. (242770)

The latest Government forecasts for the economy and the public finances were published in the pre-Budget report on 24 November 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on possible UK membership of the European single currency in the last two years. (243002)

Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Government's policy on membership of the single currency in unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor's statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Eurozone on membership of the single currency. (244664)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) on 25 November, Official Report, column 1325W.