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Government Economic and Social Policy

Part of Orders of the Day — Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 8:44 pm on 9th June 1993.

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Photo of Mr Robert Hughes Mr Robert Hughes , Aberdeen North 8:44 pm, 9th June 1993

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman has a lesson for us. Perhaps we do believe what we read in the press; perhaps the actuality is worse.

Before the Budget, the word was that VAT would be imposed on books and newspapers: everyone got very excited about that, and we received letters from newspaper proprietors and the like. What happened, however, was worse. Is the hon. Gentleman saying that he welcomes the imposition of VAT on domestic fuel? When he stood for election, did he tell the voters that his party would introduce it?