Euro Counterfeiting

Treasury written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Pericles programme will cover euro-counterfeiting in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

The Pericles programme will cover euro-counterfeiting in all member states, including the United Kingdom.

Counterfeiting of any currency is a serious criminal offence in the United Kingdom. The Government are committed to the principle of protection of the euro against counterfeiting, and to take action to support and supplement anti-counterfeiting measures with appropriate staff training and sharing of information. It is important that the United Kingdom should contribute to efforts to develop and share best practice among member states.

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