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I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate on a matter that impacts on the life of every person in the country, every minute of every day. I congratulate my hon. Friend Andrew Jones on his maiden speech, in which he spoke warmly about Yorkshire at its best, and said that his constituency was open for business. He took the words out of my mouth, because I was going to say that my constituency was open for business, and that shows how we need the whole country to be open for business after the Budget. My hon. Friend John Stevenson also made his maiden speech, in which he spoke about regeneration. I am sure that he will be just and fear not in his time in the House.
This is a serious Budget for serious times. As my hon. Friend Mr Ellwood reminded us, this is also a day when England were playing a serious game of football. On behalf of the House I congratulate our team on winning the game, and perhaps they will continue to win throughout the World cup.
I really do not know what planet Chris Williamson, who has just spoken, is on. He should be apologising for what the previous Government did to take the country to the brink of ruin.
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