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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (Communities and Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 4:00 pm, 4th July 2005

I am sorry, but any of us can promise any amount of money if we do not have to say where it will be paid from. I can magic commitments out of the air, but, frankly, in the scheme of things, when the Conservative party proposes a £35 billion reduction in Government spending by 2011, for the hon. Lady to suggest that there is a sudden outburst of generosity in respect of pensioners strikes me as fanciful to say the least.