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Government Economic and Social Policy

Part of Orders of the Day — Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 9:31 pm on 9th June 1993.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke The Chancellor of the Exchequer 9:31 pm, 9th June 1993

It is no good the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East looking at the Transport house brief: he must listen to the context.

That particular phrase had a nice little clip put round it. At that stage in the general election which we were all fighting, the Labour party was telling the country that our plans meant, if necessary, to raise the rate of VAT to 22·5 per cent. The Labour party ran a great scare on 22·5 per cent. VAT before the party moved to the more elevated ground of Jennifer's ear to try to show their concern for the great public services of the country.