Expenditure Changes

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 2:30 pm, 30th March 2010

For all that bluster, the right hon. and learned Gentleman still cannot match the commitment we have made to real-terms increases for each year of the next Parliament-and, indeed, for the whole NHS budget. What about capital budgets? In the operating framework that was sent out to the NHS, the Labour Government have told it to expect a 50 per cent. reduction in capital expenditure over the course of the next spending review. How can he and his Secretary of State go around making promises of capital expenditure, as he did at Liverpool's Broadgreen hospital yesterday, given that Labour is committed to halving the capital budget for the NHS, while we are not?