LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's City Minister Andrew Griffith said on Wednesday that the government was not take responsibility for the turmoil in financial markets that followed a fiscal policy announcement last week.
The Bank of England sought to quell a fire-storm in Britain's bond markets, saying it would buy as much government debt as needed to restore order after new Prime Minister Liz Truss' tax cut plans triggered financial chaos.
Asked whether the government took responsibility for what was happening in financial markets, Griffith said: "No, we both know that we're seeing the same impact of Putin's war in Ukraine cascading through things like the cost of energy, some of the supply side implications of that.
"And that's impacting every major economy and just the same, every major economy, you're seeing interest rates going up as well."
He described the Bank of England's intervention as "timely" and an example of the central bank doing its job.
Griffith told reporters that Britain had a "very strong balance sheet" and the government's priority was to focus on delivering its plan to boost economic growth.
The plan delivered by Truss's finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday for tax cuts on top of an energy bill bailout, all funded by a huge increase in government borrowing, quickly led to a freezing of mortgage markets, selling of gilts by pension funds and a leap in corporate borrowing costs.
Asked if the government intended to change any of the plans announced last week, he said: "We think they're the right plans because those plans make our economy competitive."
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Muvija M; editing by William James)