asked Her Majesty's Government:
What sales of gold from the government reserves have been made since the beginning of 2005; and in respect of each sale, what was (a) the date, (b) the quantity, (c) the price in United States dollars, and (d) the proceeds in sterling; and
What was the total tonnage of United Kingdom gold reserves in May 1997; and what is the figure today.
Total tonnage of United Kingdom gold reserves in May 1997 was 715 tonnes. As at end March 2008 UK gold reserves stood at 310 tonnes.
Monthly data on the physical stock of gold and its current value since 2005 are available on the Bank of England website at www.bankofengland.co.uk/statistics/reserves/index.htm.
The Government have not conducted an official gold sales programme since 2002. However, the physical stock of gold has changed reflecting a large number of small transactions, including sales of small amounts of gold sovereigns by the Royal Mint; and transaction costs incurred in gold lending and swaps.