BIRMINGHAM, England, April 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s ruling Labour Party published its policy programme on Monday for the May 6 general election.

Following are some of the main points made by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and finance minister Alistair Darling in response to reporters’ questions about the manifesto:

* PRIME MINISTER BROWN

SELLING STAKES IN PART-NATIONALISED BANKS

“We will gradually move these companies back into the private sector.

“Every single penny that has gone into the banks will be returned to the people of this country.”

BANK LEVY

“I’m confident that we can persuade other countries to join us in a multilateral levy. I believe if banks were consistently having to pay a tax in this country that was not levied in other countries, that would create a problem for the City of London.

“We don’t want a race to the bottom or double taxation. That’s why we’re taking a sensible course of cooperation with other countries and we hope to announce something on this soon.”