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Mortgage Interest Payments

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 15th July 1997.

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Photo of Tim Boswell Tim Boswell Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) 6:45 pm, 15th July 1997

I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. While he is speculating about what may or may not have taken place in the Cabinet, of which I would not, of course, have direct knowledge, does he nevertheless agree that the words that I quoted from my constituent suggest that it was reasonable for my constituent to decide, in placing his vote on 1 May—the date which is the subject of the amendment—that there was no proposal from the Labour party for a change in MIRAS? Does the hon. Gentleman accept that that was the import of that telephone conversation, or is there some other explanation?