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Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 15th July 1997.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Labour, East Renfrewshire 8:30 pm, 15th July 1997

That is not an answer. [Interruption.] Well, it is an answer, but it is not an answer to my question. Does not the fact that the increase in VAT was not in the Conservative manifesto make it even worse? The manifesto did not contain that pledge, and no mention was made of it; yet the previous Prime Minister stood at the Dispatch Box and announced that VAT on fuel would be introduced. Had it not been for the then Opposition preventing him from doing so, the charge on pensioners and the poor would have been greater.