§ Sir Peter Tapsell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Bank of England agreed to act as the depository for the Central Bank of Kuwait to lend part or all of its official gold reserves to the market. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 9 November 1999]: This is a routine commercial arrangement between the Bank of England and the Central Bank of Kuwait. As with all such arrangements, details are commercially confidential.