Treasury Committee

Session 2002-03  No 5                                              5 December 2002


In July 2002 the Treasury Committee announced its intention to undertake an inquiry with the following terms of reference:


    i.    review the workings of the Economic and Monetary Union since January 1999 with particular reference to the Stability and Growth Pact and the European Central Bank, and examine the implications for United Kingdom membership of the Single Currency; and

    ii.    examine the basis for the Chancellor's current assessment of the five economic tests;

with a view to informing the House on these matters."

The Treasury Committee has decided to hold the following public evidence session on the UK and the Euro:

Thursday 12 December in the Wilson Room

at 9.45am: Anatole Kaletsky, The Times, William Keegan, The Observer, Hamish McRae, The Independent, Andreas Whittam-Smith, The Independent

Further evidence sessions will be announced shortly.

The Committee would welcome the submission of written evidence, which may include material not written specifically for the Committee.  Early submission is strongly encouraged and would give the Committee greater scope for considering the issues raised.

Please submit evidence by post to: Clerk of the Committee, Treasury Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA; by fax to 020 7219 2782; or, preferably, e-mail to

The meetings described above will be preceded by private deliberative meetings of the Committee to which the press and public will not be admitted.  The meetings will be held in a Committee Room in the House of Commons or in Portcullis House.    Those wishing to attend meetings should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.