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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th January 2000.

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Photo of Richard Spring Richard Spring Conservative, West Suffolk 12:00 am, 19th January 2000

Is the Prime Minister aware that every independent analyst and the House of Commons Library show that the so-called £21 billion health spending increase is, in real terms, £6.3 billion? If we used the Government's double and treble counting for the Prime Minister's age, on his next birthday he would turn 93 instead of 47, and on the following birthday he would enter the "Guinness Book of Records". In view of the crisis in the health service, perhaps a bit of straight talk and simple truth on those figures is warranted for the British people.