HC Deb 23 April 1998 vol 310 cc694-5W
21. Mr. Skinner

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the advantages to Britain of a weaker pound; and if he will make a statement. [38265]

Mr. Gordon Brown

The Government have made clear that we have taken the decisions that are important for creating a stable and competitive pound over the medium term. The best thing the Government can do to help British industry is to ensure businesses have the stability to plan and invest with confidence, avoiding a return to the boom and bust past which damaged prosperity and destroyed jobs.

35. Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he is having with the Governor of the Bank of England concerning the level of the pound sterling. [38279]

Mr. Gordon Brown

I have regular meetings with the Governor at which a range of matters are discussed.