Was the UK right to set a 0.5% interest rate, five years on?
It is five years since interest rates in the UK were set at their current level of 0.5%.
Economist Kate Barker, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the time, explained that when the rate was first introduced output in the economy had fallen "by about 1.5%" and there had been a "collapse in world trade".
Former Chancellor Lord Lamont added that the low interest rates has "produced huge distortions", encouraging people to begin "piling into shares [and properties]".
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 5 March.
05 Mar 2014