Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:11 pm on 6th July 2010.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats 6:11 pm, 6th July 2010

I did not want to lose the hon. Lady's point about jobs. She is being neither entirely fair nor entirely accurate. If she reads the Office for Budget Responsibility report at the back of the Red Book-the independent assessment-she will see it clearly stated on page 82 that

"the more rapid increase in employment is sufficient to lower unemployment, so that the ILO unemployment rate falls to 6 per cent in 2015. Claimant count unemployment continues to fall throughout the forecast period."

The projection-not Government or party political-is that over that period unemployment will go down and employment will go up.

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