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France And The Stability And Growth Pact

EDM number 693 in 2002-03, proposed by Kelvin Hopkins on 07/02/2003.

That this House notes the admission on 4th February by French Finance Minister, Francis Mer, that the French Government budget deficit was 2.9 to 3 per cent. of GDP only one month after informing the European Commission that it was 2.8 per cent.; notes too in this context his comments that 'we are heading towards the wall, and the wall is not far away'; observes with interest that the Commission believes that France has already broken the Stability and Growth Pact limit, as well as comments by European Commissioner Pedro Solbes that France will be subject to the excessive deficit procedure if this is the case; expresses concern that at the same time the French Budget Minister has announced drastic cuts in the published health and education budgets in an effort to adhere to the Stability and Growth Pact; recalls the Commission statement in January that the Pact's deficit limits are 'untouchable'; and is alarmed that if Britain were to join the euro the Chancellor's vital increases in spending on public services would be put at risk.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

Kelvin Hopkins07/02/2003Luton NorthLabourProposed
Llew Smith07/02/2003Blaenau GwentLabourSigned
Mike Wood07/02/2003Batley & SpenLabourSigned
David Taylor07/02/2003North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Diane Abbott07/02/2003Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
David Drew07/02/2003StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Hilton Dawson07/02/2003Lancaster & WyreLabourSigned
Ian Davidson07/02/2003Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Cryer07/02/2003HornchurchLabourSigned
Jon Cruddas07/02/2003DagenhamLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn07/02/2003Islington NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham07/02/2003Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
John McDonnell07/02/2003Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alice Mahon07/02/2003HalifaxLabourSigned
Terry Lewis07/02/2003WorsleyLabourSigned
Kate Hoey07/02/2003VauxhallLabourSigned
Ann Cryer07/02/2003KeighleyLabourSigned
Denzil Davies10/02/2003LlanelliLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner11/02/2003BolsoverLabourSigned
Ian Gibson11/02/2003Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Austin Mitchell11/02/2003Great GrimsbyLabourSigned
Alan Howarth12/02/2003Newport EastLabourSigned
Terry Davis12/02/2003Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Harold Best12/02/2003Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Jimmy Wray12/02/2003Glasgow, BailliestonLabourSigned
Nicholas Winterton13/02/2003MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Alan Simpson20/03/2003Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Alan Duncan08/04/2003Rutland & MeltonConservativeSigned

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