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Friday, June 18, 1999 Published at 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK


Your questions on debt




BBC News Online has hosted two forums on the crucial issue of debt. As G7 ministers prepare to discuss ways of relieving the debt burden, UK Chancellor Gordon Brown answered your questions. Comedian and Comic Relief campaigner Tony Robinson took a break from filming Blackadder to answer your questions directly.


[ image: Gordon Brown: Wants IMF gold sold off]
Gordon Brown: Wants IMF gold sold off
Chancellor Gordon Brown is one of the key figures behind current moves to reduce international debt.

The UK government's four point plan includes cutting the debt of the world's poorest countries by $50bn by the end of 2000 and boosting the aid from developed countries to poor countries to $60bn to help in social, health and education programmes to reduce poverty.

The government also wants to sell $1-2 billion of IMF gold to fund enhanced debt relief.

It will also be helping through Millennium Gift Aid which will allow charities to claim tax relief on donations of 100 to support educational and anti-poverty projects in the world's poorest countries.

Read the answers to your questions


[ image: Tony Robinson: Better known as Baldrick]
Tony Robinson: Better known as Baldrick
Tony Robinson is one of the UK's best known comedians through his portrayal of Blackadder's sidekick Baldrick.

This year's Red Nose day saw massive support from Comic Relief to the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel Third World Debt.

Tony Robinson has been involved in Comic Relief since the 1980s and has visited some of the world's poorest countries during his work with the charity.

In 1992, he filmed "Behind the Nose" in Tanzania which was a compilation of reports on how Comic Relief money was spent on projects in Tanzania.

His work with Comic Relief has also taken him to Uganda to film the plight of children with Aids and also to Malawi to film a documentary about refugees and water.

Read the answers to your questions





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Tony Robinson answers your questions