New Forest East

EUROPE – EMU – 18 May 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: Given the abject failure today of Treasury Ministers to give direct answers to questions on the Government's policy on scrapping the pound and joining the euro, will the Leader of the House find Government time both for a statement from the Chancellor on the Government's official policy, and a statement from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what the policy really is? If neither of them is available, perhaps the Minister with responsibility for Europe, the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr Vaz), could come forward and say what the policy is. In so doing, perhaps he could explain his strange comment – in a letter to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr Mitchell) – that: "We know who you Euro-sceptics are, and we are coming to get you in your constituencies." That was from a Labour Minister to a Labour Member.