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Equitable Life

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he received the formal notice from the Parliamentary Ombudsman of his intention to inquire into the regulation of Equitable Life; when he responded; and if he will place the correspondence in the Library. [16283]

Ruth Kelly: The formal notice was received on 30 October and the Treasury will respond to it shortly.

Departments' responses to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration are an important preliminary to his investigations, which are conducted in private. It would not, therefore, be appropriate to place the correspondence concerned in the Library.


Sue Doughty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 12 October from the hon. Member for Guildford. [16599]

Mr. Boateng: I have done so.