Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:57 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 6:57 pm, 30th April 2002

On the first point, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that I would rather have my toenails pulled out without anaesthetic than cross the Floor to join him.

On the second point, I am making a serious point. Given the enormous increase in taxpayers' money that is to be spent on the health service, and my lengthy comments about showing respect for the taxpayer, it is right to examine delivery mechanisms, and the Government have made a terrible—indeed, a catastrophic—mistake in the way in which they have gone about providing the extra money, without having first put the reforms in place. I reiterate that it must be right for a responsible Opposition to study carefully all the other mechanisms around the world before deciding which is the right one to put before the British people at the next election.