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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th January 2006.

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Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury) 10:30 am, 26th January 2006

I have been the Minister responsible for the two departments for rather a long time now. I do not know how much longer that will last, but may I say on behalf of the Government that we intend to make absolutely sure that there is not an introduction of a flat tax, which would be unfair and significantly reduce resources into the Exchequer. It does not operate in any of the substantial industrial economies. It would be a disaster for us and take us away from what is a fair and proportionate tax system that ensures that public funds are invested in line with the requirements and aspirations of our electorate.