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

When the Greek Government agreed last year’s debt bail-out package, it was assumed that they would be able to re-enter the markets in the spring of next year. That is clearly not the case, given current market pressures, which is why the Greek Government had to seek a second round of refinancing. However, they still need to take action to improve Greece’s competitiveness, reduce the size of the state sector through further privatisation and improve taxation, to get the economy back on track.