Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 13th March 2001.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo Conservative, Kensington and Chelsea 4:19 pm, 13th March 2001

Ministers have made a series of very unwise statements that are reminiscent of the Prime Minister's statement during the fuel crisis. The House will recall that he said that it would all be over in 24 hours. That leads us to a broader point. The whole of the Chancellor's strategy is based on never-ending economic growth. Ministers as a group put themselves in a very precarious position when they make such predictions—when they commit themselves to controlling things that are inherently uncontrollable—but the Chancellor is an example writ large of what my hon. Friend the Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. McLoughlin) has just pointed out in relation to agriculture.