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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for New Forest East of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 863W, on Europe: politics and government, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of fiscal union between the states of the Eurozone on the maintenance of (a) elected, (b) representative and (c) democratic Governments in those states; what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on such effects, prior to the Government recommending fiscal union for the states of the Eurozone; and if he will make a statement.
It is for each individual country of the Eurozone to assess the effects of fiscal union on these three issues. The UK remains committed to both a strong and stable Eurozone and to liberal democratic values. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Treasury ministerial teams work very closely in developing policy on the EU.