The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted today to keep the official Bank Rate paid on commercial bank reserves at 0.50% at its record low since it was last changed in March 2009. The committee also voted to maintain the program of asset purchases at 325 billion pounds financed by the issuance of central bank reserves since it was last raised by 25 billion pounds in February.

The minutes of the meeting will be released on Wednesday April 18 at 08:30 GMT.