House of Commons debates

Tuesday, 9 March 1999

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [MADAM SPEAKER in the chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment,Transport and the Regions

    The Secretary of state was asked—

  • Ways and Means

    • Financial Statement

      1 speech

      [Relevant documents: The Second Report from the Treasury Committee, Session 1998–99, on the World Economy and the Pre-Budget Report (HC 91-I), and the Fourth Report from the Environmental...

    • Introduction

      1 speech

      Today's Budget is a Budget for Britain to succeed in the new economy and to lead in the new century. It is a Budget that builds on strong foundations of economic stability, advances a modern...


      Two years ago, Britain faced the threat of rapidly rising inflation. So our first priority, and our continuing obligation, has been, and is, to build a solid foundation of economic stability.


      To those who argue that getting interest rates down and getting inflation down is enough, I say that stability is the essential foundation, but it is only the foundation. We must build on that...


      As Britain works to lead in the new economy, we must resolve to lead also in respecting the environment.


      I turn now to policy for families. Children are 20 per cent. of the British people, but they are 100 per cent. of Britain's future. To build that future, this Budget provides a better deal for...

      The Elderly

      As the Budget creates a better deal for those starting out, the Budget will today provide a better deal for all those who have worked hard all their lives: the elderly. Today, I am announcing new...


      Most fundamentally, the tax reforms of this Budget provide a better deal for the hard-working majority—a ladder of opportunity for those who want to work, a chance to keep more of what they...

      Modernising Public Services

      I have one further set of announcements to make.

      Provisional Collection of Taxes

      1 speech

      Motion made, and Question,That, pursuant to section 5 of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, provisional statutory effect shall be given to the following motions:—(a) Sparkling...

  • Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

  • Petitions

What is this?

Debates in the House of Commons are an opportunity for MPs from all parties to scrutinise government legislation and raise important local, national or topical issues.

And sometimes to shout at each other.

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