Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:41 pm on 7th July 1997.

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Photo of David Heathcoat-Amory David Heathcoat-Amory Conservative, Wells 4:41 pm, 7th July 1997

The right hon. Gentleman referred to the allocation from next year's reserves. Will he confirm that that means not a penny of extra money for the NHS in the present financial year? Owing to the higher inflation projections announced in the Budget and the fact that the cash allocations will be exactly the same as those that the right hon. Gentleman has inherited, there will be an expenditure squeeze on the NHS for this financial year. Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that that is the case?