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New Targets For The Bank Of England

EDM number 565 in 2000-01, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 09/04/2001.

That this House is concerned at the excessive caution of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, which has kept interest rates higher than required by a rate of inflation which has consistently undershot its 2.5 per cent. target, thus keeping the exchange rate too high for British competitiveness, leading to serious damage to manufacturing and the loss of nearly half a million jobs, as well as a failure to grasp the opportunities for fast growth which are available now inflation is no longer either a serious or the main problem facing the economy; and calls on government to replace the outdated and singular inflation target with a similar spread of policy objectives to those taken into account by the Federal Reserve including growth, unemployment, and the health of the economy but to require as the Bank's prime target maintaining a competitive exchange rate which will ensure that British production can compete successfully and that this country provides a profitable base in which to produce and from which to export.

This motion has been signed by a total of 23 MPs.

Austin Mitchell09/04/2001Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Jeremy Corbyn10/04/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
Terry Davis10/04/2001Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Norman Godman10/04/2001Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
David Taylor10/04/2001North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Simon Thomas10/04/2001CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Rudi Vis23/04/2001Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Ian Davidson23/04/2001Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe23/04/2001LeighLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell23/04/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Alice Mahon23/04/2001HalifaxLabourSigned
Lynne Jones23/04/2001Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Alan Simpson24/04/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham24/04/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Joe Ashton24/04/2001BassetlawLabourSigned
Desmond Turner24/04/2001Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins25/04/2001Luton NorthLabourSigned
Richard Livsey25/04/2001Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best25/04/2001Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Robert Wareing25/04/2001Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd26/04/2001Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Ann Cryer01/05/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
John Austin03/05/2001Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned

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