Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:43 pm on 7th July 1997.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) 9:43 pm, 7th July 1997

May I point out to the Chief Secretary that £500 million was for this year? He has given the health service not a penny this year. As he and the Chancellor have said that there will be no spending round this year, they have acknowledged that the inflationary effect will take effect this year and next year. That is why £5 billion is taken out of the spending.

When will the right hon. Gentleman explain to the House how deep the cuts in departmental spending are to be, where social security is to find more than £2 billion, where local authorities are to find more than £1.7 billion and where education and health are to find more than £80O million each? Where will the money come from? When will he tell the House?