Thursday, 23 April 1998
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Chancellor of the Exchequer was asked—
If he will make a statement about the outcome of the ECOFIN meeting in York. 
What assessment he has made of Belgium's compliance with the Maastricht convergence criterion on Government debt as a proportion of gross domestic product. 
If he will estimate the cumulative increase in the retail prices index as a result of increases in petrol and diesel duty rates since 1992. 
If he will make a statement concerning his Budget measures to increase the financial incentive to work. 
What assessment he has made of the impact of the Budget on families with average earnings of £16,000. 
What discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on his policy to spend the windfall levy on an extension of the welfare-to-work programme. 
If he will make a statement on progress towards the introduction of EMU. 
What discussions he has had with representatives of the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd. 
If he will make a statement on the Mauritius mandate. 
What representations he has received on the impact on the number of families facing marginal deduction rates of 50 per cent. or more of the measures announced in his Budget. 
If he will list the number of corrections made to the most recent "Financial Statement and Budget Report" since 17 March. 
If it is the Government's policy to support the inclusion of all 11 applicant member states who wish to be included in the third stage of EMU on 1 January 1999. 
If he will make a statement on the role of the Bank of England in setting interest rates. 
I ask the Leader of the House for next week's business.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, supported by Secretary Harriet Harman, Mr. Alistair Darling, Dawn Primarolo, Mr. Geoffrey Robinson and Mrs. Helen Liddell, presented (under Standing Order No. 50...
[Relevant documents: The Fifth Report of the Defence Committee, Session 1996–97, on Heavy Lift (HC 233) and the Government's response thereto (HC 153 of Session 1997–98).]
I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified her Royal Assent to the following Act: Bank of England Act 1998
Question again proposed, That this House do now adjourn.
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. McAvoy.]
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