Oral Answers to Questions — Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th March 1979.

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Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan , Stirlingshire West 12:00 am, 5th March 1979

Will my right hon. Friend give the House an assurance that the Government will resist the pressures which are coming from Tory hatchet men and Treasury officials, who are demanding further savage cuts in essential social services in the forthcoming Budget? Does my right hon. Friend agree that an alternative strategy of increasing public expenditure by about £3 billion a year would not only help to improve essential social services but would create jobs?