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How sustainable is our national debt?

Inquiry

UK public sector net debt, often referred to as ‘national debt’, currently stands at just under 100 per cent of GDP.

The UK’s growth outlook remains weak; quantitative easing has significantly increased the sensitivity of the UK’s debt to changes in short-term interest rates; and it is unclear whether the Government’s fiscal rule, as it relates to the national debt, is fit for purpose.

The committee’s inquiry will investigate whether the UK’s national debt is on a sustainable path; if not, what steps are required; and whether the Government’s fiscal rule regarding the national debt is meaningful.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 9 February 2024.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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12 March 2024
Inquiry How sustainable is our national debt?
Witnesses Sir Robert Stheeman (Chief Executive Officer at Debt Management Office)
Oral Evidence
12 March 2024
Inquiry How sustainable is our national debt?
Witnesses Bim Afolami MP (Economic Secretary at HM Treasury), and Ruth Curtice (Director for Fiscal Group at HM Treasury)
Oral Evidence
5 March 2024
Inquiry How sustainable is our national debt?
Witnesses Joseph Stiglitz (University Professor at Columbia University)
Oral Evidence
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)), and DR JOSH RYAN-COLLINS (SND0043)
The 99% Organisation -- a voluntary organisation aiming to reverse mass impoverishment in the UK (SND0029)
The Gower Initiative for Modern Money Studies (SND0019)

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