§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors governed the length of time taken to answer the letter from the hon. Member for North Essex of 28 November 1997 relating to Government policy on EMU. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
Inquiries have revealed that the hon. Member's letter was mislaid during an accommodation move in the Treasury and only recently came to light. This is regrettable; steps have been taken to ensure no other correspondence has been affected in this way.