Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:24 pm on 10th March 1999.

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Photo of Mr Martin O'Neill Mr Martin O'Neill Chair, Trade & Industry Committee 9:24 pm, 10th March 1999

I want to make two points. First, if there are to be energy taxes, they must be fiscally neutral, and the Government have accepted that. The attack on my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Thomas) and the general thrust of the right hon. Gentleman's argument therefore has no substance. Secondly, vehicle excise duty is a complicated issue and there is much special pleading by the road haulage industry. Some of us have sympathy with the industry, but VED will not necessarily undermine the opportunities available manufacturing industry in this country. The Oppositie spokesman has not done justice to that case—