HC Deb 13 June 2002 vol 386 c1399W
Mr. Rammell

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the extent to which British businesses accept the euro as a means of payment. [58243]

Ruth Kelly

There is no information available on the numbers or types of UK businesses that will accept euro. Within the UK, the euro, like other foreign currencies is not legal tender but is a legal currency. Businesses can therefore choose to trade in it if they want.

Dr. Starkey

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to encourage small businesses to accept the euro. [58223]

Ruth Kelly

Details of the information provided to UK businesses to assist those that want to deal in euro now were set out in the Treasury's Fifth Report on Euro Preparations, published on 4 November 2001, copies of which were deposited in the Library of the House.

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