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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 20th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr Calum MacDonald Mr Calum MacDonald Labour, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 4:46 pm, 20th April 2004

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is sincere in his concern for the statistics in the Red Book. He was a Back-Bench supporter of the previous Conservative Government, who, as he will be fully aware, distorted, manipulated and changed unemployment statistics over a long period, which was reflected in each successive Red Book. Is he trying to draw a parallel between the spin doctoring of that time and whatever errors and omissions he might perceive in the Red Book today?