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 Andrew Smith Andrew Smith The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 12:00 am, 25th January 2001

Actually, the tax burden is falling. When making those claims, Opposition Members should recall what they themselves said, on the record and in government, about what was likely to happen to the tax burden in this country. In the November 1996 "Financial Statement and Budget Report", the Conservative Government said: These changes, along with the existing commitments to future real increases in road fuel and tobacco duties, raise the ratio of government receipts to GDP. So, the Conservatives said that the ratio would go up. In fact, under this Government, last year, this year and next year, there is a lower ratio than the Conservatives were planning.