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Friday, 29 December, 2000, 17:17 GMT
Five economic tests: Expert panel

The World at One examines the chancellor Gordon Brown's preconditions for the UK joining the euro - with a panel of distinguished experts.

We wanted to raise these issues with the Treasury. However, for the past two weeks no Treasury minister has been available to talk to us, we are told.

Mr Brown has had family commitments. All his ministers have been busy.



Charles Goodhart, Professor of Business and Finance at the London School of Economics, is a distinguished economist with many years of experience as an academic and a government adviser.

He has served as a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

FULL INTERVIEW:
 Charles Goodhart: "The fundamental issues are political rather than economic"



Kenneth Clarke was Gordon Brown's predecessor as chancellor - in the previous Conservative government.

A senior member of his party, and a prominent pro-European, he is now a backbench MP

FULL INTERVIEW:
 Ken Clarke: "I've never known a government do anything that it didn't believe would be good for employment"



Sir Peter Kemp, a senior civil servant at the Treasury for many years.

He has served as parliamentary permanent secretary and a commissioner with the Audit Commission.

FULL INTERVIEW:
 Sir Peter Kemp: "Joining the euro must create more stability than not joining it"



The leader of the GMB union, John Edmonds, has held that position since 1986.

His union has campaigned for membership of the euro for some time arguing that it well ease the pressure on the UK's vulnerable manufacturing sector.

FULL INTERVIEW:
 John Edmonds: "We'll never be in a fit state to join unless we work towards achieving the five tests"



David Lascelles is head of a City of London think-tank, the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

FULL INTERVIEW:
  David Lascelles: "The tests don't take account of whether the euro is actually working"

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