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Treasury 'experiments' criticised

Desperate government attempts to stimulate the economy have been criticised as "expensive experiments" by an influential group of MPs.

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Treasury's economy efforts criticised

The Public Accounts Committee noted that the Treasury had managed to cut the public purse's exposure to bank guarantee schemes in the wake of the credit crunch, and was doing better at holding on to key staff.

However, the Government was still facing a £34 billion loss on shares in RBS and Lloyds, and there were doubts as to whether the department had "sufficient capacity and skills" to respond to any future banking crisis.

Plans for more job cuts and high turnover of personnel threatened its "ability to effectively control the risks it is managing on behalf of the taxpayer".

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