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International Monetary Fund

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the International Monetary Fund on its assessment of (a) public and (b) private debt in the UK since January 2009; and if he will make a statement. (259071)

The Government continue to work closely with international partners in responding to the financial crisis. An IMF delegation visited the UK between 12 and 23 May 2008. During that time they held a large number of meetings, including with Ministers, Government officials, and external organisations, at which a broad range of economic issues was discussed.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was discussed in the meetings between his Department and representatives of the International Monetary Fund during their recent visit to the UK in May 2008; whether a record of each meeting was kept; who was present at each meeting; and if he will make a statement. (259148)

An IMF delegation visited the UK between the 12 and 23 May 2008. During that time they held a large number of meetings, including with Ministers, Government officials, and external organisations, at which a broad range of economic issues was discussed. These meetings then informed the Concluding Statement, which the IMF mission team published immediately following the Mission in May 2008, and the Article IV Staff Report and Public Information Notice (PIN), both of which were published by the IMF in August 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports on the British economy have been produced by the International Monetary Fund in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (259149)

Under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. Staff reports produced in the context of these consultations can be found on the IMF's website at

www.imf.org/external/country/GBR/index.htm