§ 36. Mr. Hawkins
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many EU member states have deficits of less than 3 per cent. of gross domestic product. 
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
According to the Commission's Convergence Report, 14 Member States had a government balance in 1997 which was better than or equal to the Maastricht reference value for the deficit of 3 per cent. of GDP.