Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Ian Lloyd Mr Ian Lloyd , Havant 12:00 am, 6th February 1992

The Prime Minister will no doubt have noticed the interesting exception that President Bush made in his state of the union message to Congress, when he said that his Government were too big and spent too much. The exception was that he proposed to maintain research expenditure at the record level of $77 billion and to make permanent the fiscal allowances for research and development. If my right hon. Friend should be considering with his right hon. Friend the Chancellor any largesse over the next two or three weeks, will he ensure that a few crumbs from the Treasury table fall in that direction?