Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:20 pm on 10th March 1999.

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Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Labour, Watford 8:20 pm, 10th March 1999

I shall not give way because of the 10-minute limit on speeches.

This is a positive Budget for all my constituents and for businesses that will gain from the tax changes and from the incentives to encourage employees by means of the new grant for information technology. There is no doubt that information technology and education are the way forward for Britain, not low incomes and poverty pay. The Government have recognised that as a priority.

The additional £2,000 per school for books will also show that the Government are serious about making education a priority, together with the additional funding for education and the health service.

I welcome the Budget on behalf of my constituents of Watford.