National Health Service (Investment)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th January 2001.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury) 12:00 am, 25th January 2001

Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that he was being disingenuous when he said in his Budget statement that the extra yield from an increase in tobacco tax would go to help the national health service? We know that this year, because of his ludicrous policies, the yield from tobacco tax is £900 million less than it was in the Government's first year of office.