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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:49 pm on 20th April 2004.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:49 pm, 20th April 2004

I do not want to interrupt my hon. Friend's characteristic slavish adoration of the Government's economic policies, but does he accept that there are many people who do not feature in the official figures? Perhaps he was going on to say that. Among young people, for example, the number who are not in paid work or on a training course, or who have dropped out of education and so on, is basically the same as it has always been. Far too many do not show up in the headline figures, and there is a lot of wasted talent out there that the Government have failed to do anything about.