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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:56 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Scottish National Party, Angus 7:56 pm, 30th April 2002

Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru Members welcome the central tenet of the Budget, namely that there should be more investment in the national health service and that it should come from general taxation. It is heartening to note that the Chancellor has finally accepted the position of the SNP, which has called for that for some considerable time. It is worth recording that in 1999, the SNP sought to reject the Chancellor's 1p cut in income tax and said that priority should be given to investment in public services. We were roundly condemned by new Labour at the time, but we seem to have come full circle. Indeed, I am told that some Labour Members are describing the measure as 1p for Scotland—vindication indeed.