§ Ms Corston
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the long-term viability of the Bank of England branch in Bristol. 
§ Mr. Nelson
This is a matter for the Bank of England. The Bank has recently completed a review of the work of its branches and agencies. The Bank will continue and enhance the economic liaison work conducted through its regional agents, including in Bristol. It has, however, decided to cease branch banking operations and will discuss the branches' work on note distribution with the major clearing banks.