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Value Added Tax (Wales)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 2:30 pm, 13th July 2010

The fact is that we had to raise VAT because there was no money left. I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman is proposing that we should have cut spending by even more, but I do not think that that would have a lot of support on his Benches or on ours. After all, our predecessors looked very closely at raising VAT and would have done so had the previous Prime Minister not vetoed it.

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