Eurozone (Contingency Plans)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 20th June 2011.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 3:32 pm, 20th June 2011

My hon. Friend makes a couple of points about our exposure to Greece and the Bill that is currently going through the House of Lords. As I said, the UK’s exposure to Greece is relatively small, with bank exposure at $4 billion. He will recognise that we have a big interest in ensuring the continued stability of the eurozone. That is why the treaty changes are being made—to put the European support mechanism for eurozone countries on a permanent footing and replace the EFSM, to which we have to contribute thanks to a decision taken by the previous Government, with a mechanism that is funded entirely by the euro area. We do not believe that there is a transfer of sovereignty from this Parliament to Brussels, so there is no need for a referendum on those treaty changes.